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The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
San Francisco Hosts Touch Therapy Exposition
By Editorial Staff
The second Anatriptic Arts Expo was held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, May 3-5, 2002. The expo was hosted by Massage Magazine, the only independent massage therapy and bodywork publication other than Massage Today.
The word anatriptic is the adjective form of the ancient Greek word anatripsis, which literally translated, means "to rub up." The word's origins date from the time of Hippocrates.The expo staff defined Anatriptic Arts Expo as "an exposition of touch therapy arts." Robert Calvert, producer of the Anatriptic Arts Expo, supported by Massage Magazine and its allied organizations, the SpaMassage Alliance and the World of Massage Museum (WOMM), designed the expo as a gathering of the profession's top educators, the industry's leading suppliers of goods, and touch therapy practitioners and consumers.
The event's presenters included: John Barnes, PT - Myofascial Release; Solveig Berggren - Massage for Peace in Schools; Erik Dalton, PhD - Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques; the Esalen Massage Team - Esalen Massage; Peggy Farlow, MspEd - Touch to TEACH; Barry Green, PhD - Body Mind Massage; Paul Herb - Contact Kinetic Art; Lolita Knight - Fijian Massage; Dolores Krieger, PhD - Therapeutic Touch; David Palmer - TouchPro Chair Massage; Elaine Stillerman - MotherMassage®; and Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty - Macrobiotic/Barefoot Shiatsu. For attending practitioners, it was also more than worth the eight-dollar price of admission to see the collection of massage objects and materials displayed by the World of Massage Museum (WOMM). The early examples of massage tables and electric devices were a delight to view.
Within an hour of the official opening of the 2002 expo, Robert Calvert told Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn that he had promoted the 2002 expo much more than the 1992 expo, and was expecting a much greater turnout. As time passed, however, it became apparent that attendance was much less than desired. Interviews with exhibitors provided estimates of less than 1,000 attendees over the three-day expo. As the costs to exhibit at the Anatriptic Expo were reportedly much higher than other trade events, there was some expected grumbling, reminiscent of the failed High Tech/High Touch tour of the early 1990s. One exhibitor suggested that the focus of the event was unclear, and that potential visitors might not be sure if it was designed for the trade or for the public.
The first Anatriptic Arts Expo was held in the same location almost 10 years to the day prior to the 2002 expo. In 1992, expo presenters included: Aunty Margaret Machado - Hawaiian Lomilomi; John Upledger, DO - Craniosacral Therapy; John Thie, DC - Touch for Health; Joseph Heller - Hellerwork; Rick Gold, PhD - Thailand Massage; Paul St. John - Neuromuscular Therapy; David Palmer - On-site Massage; Zhenya Kurashova - Wine, Russian Sports Massage; Kay Rive - Aromatherapy and Reflexology; Greg Irwin - Finger Fitness; Cherie Sohnen-Moe - Business Mastery; and Toru Namikoshi - Shiatsu for Health. Expo 2002 producers indicated that the 1992 expo reported attendance of more than 12,000 visitors, representing more than a dozen countries and 65 exhibitors.
It was truly unfortunate that the turnout for this year's event was so low. Approximately 50 exhibitors from across the country invested resources and traveled to San Francisco for the event. The potential for success was high, but exhibitors were concerned about the effectiveness of the event promotion. Some went so far as to call local massage therapists to ask if they were going to attend, and found that many were unaware of this national event being held in their own backyard!
Though the expo may have been viewed as a missed opportunity for professionals, it did seem to have a positive effect on the public. Some were heard to say that they were delighted to find useful information on so many types of hands-on therapies in one place, "with no lines!" As Massage Magazine is one of the few entities in the profession with the clout, recognition and resources to organize an event such as the Anatriptic Arts Expo, one hopes that efforts will be redoubled to promote another event designed to educate the public about the various types of massage and bodywork available.
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