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The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I usually consider myself one of the luckiest men on the planet. I have a wonderful family, friends I enjoy spending time with, and a job I love. I enjoy my efforts to be a good son, husband, father, grandfather, etc.I love being a friend as much as I like having friends. I also volunteer a lot of my time and talents to the massage therapy field, as my way of giving back to a profession that has been very good to me.
One of the perks that comes from a lot of volunteerism is the ability to take part in ceremonies recognizing success. One such ceremony I attended recently was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the administration of the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The black-tie event was held in Washington, DC and was enjoyed by almost 200 board, staff, volunteers and friends of the NCBTMB. The board announced that over 50,000 massage therapists and bodyworkers are now certified. Since the time I was honored to hold the chairman's gavel, the organization has continued to grow in importance and positively impact the profession. I've always considered my volunteer time with the NCBTMB to be among my most fulfilling endeavors.
Volunteerism is certainly important in all walks of life, but I think it especially so in the world of massage and bodywork. Unlike many other professions, massage therapy tends to be non-hierarchical. There are few large hiring organizations to provide leaders in the field. Volunteers who step forward to work for the good of many keep the heart in a profession now being put more and more into the control of those who do not do our work. Massage and bodywork volunteers are also crucial to the public, because it's the volunteers who understand what message should reach the public's ear.
Anyone who volunteers time and energy feels a certain joy from doing something for other people. Newspapers and other news media often give coverage to individuals receiving recognition for volunteer efforts. At a time of world crisis, the world calls for proponents of volunteerism to join together and rethink priorities and programs. Managers of civic volunteer programs and volunteers are challenged to take a big-picture approach: to see volunteerism as a powerful tool in reassessing values and activities and in building constructive relationships between individuals, organizations and cultures. As we know, volunteering provides us with the opportunity to take the initiative, have a voice and build community. Actions can be taken which focus attention on values and long-term goals that are important in our profession and in life.
For massage therapists, the different ways of helping others are as individual and varied as the therapists themselves: working in professional associations, educating the public, donating professional time in hospice and/or nursing homes, or just volunteering professional time at a teacher-appreciation day or similar activities. Volunteer efforts range from a full-blown coalition effort for state licensing of massage therapy, to a rose sale to raise funds for massage outreach. The spirit that shines through all of these events is of cooperation, of lending a hand, and of sheer joy in helping others through working together.
Some volunteerism quotes to stimulate you to action:
While checking the web for examples of volunteerism, I came across an ad for an individual who speaks to groups around the country. One of her topics was, "Volunteers leave heart prints: a moving and inspirational presentation on the concept of volunteerism." I don't know about you, but I like the idea of heart prints!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue of Massage Today. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to the address listed below:
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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