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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
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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