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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
So, is everyone sufficiently sick and tired of reading about the AMTA/Massage Today lawsuit? In the last year and a half, I saw, heard and read much about it, but remained largely silent about it myself.Many know that I have loyalties to both entities, and I didn't want to appear to be taking sides in the ongoing furor. Now that the court has spoken, I no longer feel constrained and will, as many have pushed me to do over the last year, use this issue's column to express my thoughts. I have received literally hundreds of emails and phone calls expressing dismay that I was "caught in the middle," and wondering how I managed to maintain a middle road position and loyalty to both sides.
As I sit to write this editorial and reflect upon the happenings of the past year and a half, I am learning that the personal struggle in maintaining an impartial, middle-ground stance has affected me more than I had thought possible, and letting go of the disappointment and anger I felt toward both partners in this dance is more difficult than I had imagined. It was possible for me to maintain a posture of impartiality for several reasons. The first was that I had no initial knowledge surrounding any of the facts pertaining to the case. Second, I had no control over the actions of either party. Third, and most important, I found both sides of the argument equally frustrating. At this point, I believe it is the passion I feel for this profession - its practice and practitioners - that has caused me such angst. I now know it is time to recognize this state of mind for what it is and make an effort to "take charge" of my thoughts and attitudes.
So, from a personal standpoint, I've decided that it is time to move on. I think it's important for everyone else to do so also. My original editorial this month was about continuing to understand the conflict between MPAmedia and AMTA - and helping others to do so - but I realized that perhaps it is more important to learn from this experience than to rehash the mistakes made by both sides. I'd love for this whole episode to become a valuable lesson we can all use on how to respond to uncomfortable or disagreeable situations. What this conflict has demonstrated from the very beginning was that an inadvisable action followed by an inappropriate response, with both sides adding fuel to the fire at each opportunity, is not the most effective form of conflict resolution.
Neither AMTA nor Massage Today has stood still during these difficult proceedings, but unfortunately neither has been able to work to full potential either. Massage Today has not met growth expectations or expected advertising thresholds. This has minimized the dollars available for reinvesting in the industry. AMTA has had to redirect a portion of its funds and energies from enabling successful massage therapists (who normally would introduce more of the public to the benefits of massage, benefiting the entire profession).
I think I have been reminded of the following lessons from this whole legal action:
I am doing my darndest to let go of my own pent-up emotions surrounding this issue and still continue to think and behave professionally. I hope MPAmedia and AMTA are doing the same. I know that Don Petersen Jr., publisher of Massage Today, is going to be an attendee at the AMTA national convention in Portland, Oregon in early October. I also know that AMTA President Carolyn Talley had assured me that she wants to look him in the eye and shake his hand in an effort to move forward. I sincerely hope they can both find the time to do more than shake hands. I hope they can actually meet and chart out a new course for positive future interaction. I still intend to work diligently to remain "in the middle" and do whatever I am allowed to see that both of these valuable entities continue to serve the massage therapy profession to the extent they are capable. As members and active participants of this worthwhile profession, we deserve no less, and should regularly demand such from all of our organizations and publications.
Thanks for listening!
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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