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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Pieces of the Puzzle
By Peter W. Crownfield
This article is not about lawsuits. If you'd like to read about lawsuits, turn to the Publisher's Report in this issue.In fact, this article is not about competition, legislation, regulation, or any of the other so-called "necessary complexities" of the profession. This article is about people doing what they love every day with a common purpose: to promote the greater good in the massage therapy profession.
For nearly two years, I've talked to members of the profession; researched legislative and regulatory issues; attended conventions; learned about massage techniques; and listened to countless stories about the wonder and power of touch. As managing editor, it's my passion and my privilege to present the most timely news and information on the profession in a well-constructed, appealing format - to share what makes the profession great, and what can be done (or is being done, or needs to be done) to make it even greater.
I'm sure you feel the same way about what you do. This great faith in yourself and others has little to do with whether you are licensed; regulated; reimbursed for fees; insured against malpractice; or affiliated in any way with any massage organization, local, state or national.
What is the greater good in the massage profession? From all accounts, it's the care you provide to each and every client: the power of touch. This greater good brings individuals and organizations together; transcends issues of regulation, licensing, insurance and education; and keeps massage therapists and the massage profession grounded and unified in an increasingly (and perhaps necessarily) complex health care environment.
It's probably a bit naïve to believe that the massage profession (or any profession) can provide the best care to the most people without a certain level of organization. The public you serve demands qualified therapists, and regulatory and educational standards provide the mechanism for public validation. However, progress cannot and should not be defined by increased regulation and organization alone. Bigger and more complex is not necessarily better, and in the wrong hands, it can be much worse.
How do you maximize public and professional acceptance of massage therapy while staying true to the essence of the art? How do you continue to move forward without turning a profession based on the power of compassionate, skilled touch into a managed care maze of paperwork, licensing and review boards, referral delays, crowded waiting rooms, cookie-cutter, five-minute care, and all-powerful, monopolistic organizations? You succeed by staying true to the greater good; by never forgetting, no matter how much power, money, organization or control is involved, why you became a massage therapist.
Think of the massage profession as a puzzle, with the completed picture being your professional purpose: the greater good; to serve others and do your best to ease pain, promote relaxation, and enhance well-being, from easing the stiffness of a tight muscle to improving the outcome of the worst injury or disease condition imaginable. Each massage therapist is a piece of the puzzle, as is each massage organization -- local, state and national. This includes insurance companies, advertisers, publications, profit and nonprofit entities - everyone and everything affiliated with massage therapy.
Some pieces are larger than others; some pieces are more oddly shaped; some curve one direction, some curve another; some have jagged edges, some straight; certain pieces fit together perfectly with other pieces, while some almost do; some are farther away from others on the puzzle board.
Despite these differences and variations, the pieces can (and must) fit together. Without each piece in its proper place, the puzzle remains incomplete. If any piece is missing, the puzzle remains incomplete.
The completed puzzle of massage therapy forms a picture of a successful profession, one that provides compassionate, effective care to the most people possible. On a client-practitioner level, a practitioner-practitioner level, or an organization-organization level, the puzzle pieces must fit together.
With regard to effective touch, a practitioner's skills are only as important as the relationship fostered with each client. In much the same way, relationships between practitioners, between groups, and between organizations are vital to provide better care, better access, better accountability and better results. To expect or require anything less would be a disservice to you and your clients.
Far beyond the competition, the legislation, the power struggles, (and yes, the lawsuits) is the essence of what you do. Your profession is what matters. Your skills are what matter. The people you care for are what matters, and anything that enhances your ability to provide that care is a very good thing indeed.
If you find any of my opinions shortsighted (or just plain incorrect), let's talk about it. Your comments will make me a better editor and Massage Today a better publication, better able to inform the profession and the public. After all, we think we're a small piece of the puzzle, too.
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