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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
A New Year's Potpourri
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Many things have piqued my interest in the past month. In this month's column, I'll touch on a few of the more important topics, in the hopes that I can stimulate some input from readers.
First, I'd like to bring to everyone's attention the fact that this issue of Massage Today is an "anniversary" issue! To be precise, this is the first issue in Massage Today's third year of existence.I am proud to be associated with a publication that has filled a need in the massage and bodywork world, and which has grown to become the most frequently read publication in the field.
Did you know that an independent research firm (Research USA, Inc.) reported that Massage Today has more than twice the regular readership of the next two publications combined? I found the survey fascinating. If Massage Today has the largest readership in the country, certainly its readership demographics reveal a great deal about therapists in the United States.
The results surprised me. The survey respondents (results were projectable within a range of ±4.4%) had completed an average of 726 hours of initial massage therapy education. Two-thirds belonged to one or more national massage therapy associations. They have been in practice for an average of 7.5 years. Almost 94% are state-regulated, but less than one-third are nationally certified. Almost half consider themselves full-time practitioners. The average age is 42.4 years.
How do you compare to our "composite reader?"
I thank everyone who reads the articles, industry news, and finds the publication useful in practice. I also thank Massage Today's publisher, Donald Petersen Jr., for having the vision to see that a publication in Massage Today's format would be so well-accepted in our industry. We all owe thanks to the distinguished columnists and to the editorial staff, graphics department, advertising sales staff, etc., who actually produce Massage Today so that we can enjoy and benefit from its contents.
I look forward to a long association with Massage Today, and am pleased that you help us to continually improve it with your comments and suggestions!
A second topic of interest is the December issue of magazine. This magazine purports to analyze trends in beauty. Its articles stress information on fitness; health; nutrition; travel; design; fragrance; food; fashion; literature; film; art; and theater. The December issue also encouraged readers to look for sex from their massage therapist! I find that about as acceptable as Trent Lott's remarks at Strom Thurmond's birthday party! AMTA's Web site indicates that they have already taken a positive action in informing the magazine of its error.
AMTA President Brenda Griffith sent the following letter:
I would encourage Massage Today readers to convey their discontent in likewise fashion!
Finally, I'd like to extend my thanks to Bob Benson, president of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). In the current member newsletter, he announced the development of a legislative document outlining the organization's core legislative principles. The document is intended for use in those states in which it has been determined, by consensus, that regulation is appropriate. The eight principles were developed as a frame of reference for the organization when evaluating legislative activity. In essence, the principles state what elements (and how they are defined) are critical to any legislative activity. These eight core elements in massage and bodywork legislation are:
I am delighted to see a concise, defined listing of core values from an association. I have some personal reservations with a few of the specific topic areas associated with the elements; however, I hope the document will allow people to be more informed when supporting or interfering with the passage of legislative efforts - which in turn will contribute to more useful and intelligently written bills.
Thanks for listening! (And I hope you're maintaining those New Year's resolutions!)
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue. 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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