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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
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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