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What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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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