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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I attended an event recently at which a large number of health care workers came together, and in the course of several days maintained current competency by availing themselves of continuing education on pathologies and assessment skills.They also took the time to network, socialize and obtain professional development on issues affecting business in the health care realm today.
These health care workers were not physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners or radiologists, but massage therapists. Perhaps because they were massage therapists, they also expanded their activities together to include picking out a stone from a basket that "seemed to be calling to them," then contemplating the mystery and meaning of keeping the stone with them. They also spent lots of time touching each other, forming circles, listening to drums, crying with each other and supporting each other. There were many shared hugs.
So, is this a dichotomy? Is it appropriate behavior for massage therapists? What does it say about massage therapy and its place alongside other caregivers? Are massage therapists "woo-woo" practitioners also trying to be "little doctors?"
When I first entered this field, I probably would have been extremely disenchanted by such a dichotomy of action. I likely would have thought the event's activities trivial, inappropriate and harkening back to summer camp adolescence.
But I don't think that way anymore. I think those who share my earlier views need to lighten up. I now think that massage therapists and bodyworkers can provide comfort to so many because of their abilities to expand the expected behavior models and build upon some incredibly unique strengths. By their very nature, touch therapies provide not just skilled care, but nurturing care. I don't think it's a coincidence that a preponderance of our profession has the ability to mother and nurture others. The approximately 80% of the field that is female enables the rest of the profession to develop and use their nurturing and caring abilities more than they likely would otherwise.
There are many qualities that make us unique in comparison to other caregivers, and I think this is what makes us so acceptable to so much of the population. I'm not suggesting that the stereotypical massage therapist in the tie-dyed muumuu and Birkenstocks should be expected in the critical-care ward of the local hospital, but that we have myriad strengths that allow us to function effectively in the society of caregivers. The fact that so many of us can integrate energy-based therapies alongside neuromuscular and myofascial work allows us to affect positive change that no other discipline of therapy can. Informed, thoughtful treatment need not be excluded from a heart-centered approach.
So, I have learned to enjoy and appreciate the juxtaposition of "Assessment and Treatment of Scapular Pathology," and contemplate the meaning and beauty of a stone that "spoke to me" from a basket. I'm primarily a clinical massage therapist, but I think I am much more effective with "rounded edges." It is my hope that many of us are able to listen to the story of a stone while advancing our clinical skills. No, it's probably not OK to overemphasize the group hugs when interacting with allopathic clinicians, but it's just fine (and most appropriate) when we're together and celebrating our awakening and growth as somatic problem solvers. Besides, I loved summer camp!
As we make our New Year's resolutions for 2003, let's resolve to blend skilled and compassionate touch for our clients. Let's also resolve to treat each other with the same nurturing intent. We'll make the world a better place!
Thanks for listening, and happy holidays!
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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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