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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.
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.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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