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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Recognition, Part II
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Last month, I talked about the importance of recognition in our profession. I am expanding on that topic this month, including making a plea to recognize members of the "other side" of our business.
The "other side" I refer to is the suppliers of the products and tools we use to do our jobs: the manufacturers of tables and chairs; the pressers of oils and esters; the purveyors of pain relievers; the stitchers of linens and apparel; and the authors, educators, insurers, resellers and product developers that allow us to feel secure in our capabilities, and make our clients and patients delighted to visit our treatment rooms.
I have at times overheard what I would characterize as a "soft disdain" for the massage profession's suppliers.I'm not sure why, but it's almost as if a number of massage therapists resent businesses that make money. I hope you don't feel that way, because we all owe a large debt of gratitude to our suppliers. Not only are they there when we need them, several invest part of their profits back into our industry, making it a better place for all of us!
Industry suppliers play a large part in the success of the conventions, conferences and trade shows held around the country. Their purchase of exhibit space is an important revenue source for the sponsoring organizations. Many exhibitors don't stop at renting floor space in the hall, though; they also sponsor the costs associated with bringing in keynote speakers, or cover the expenses associated with event banquets and social activities. Many also donate products, services or educational workshops to raffles and drawings, and see that attendees get product samples or mementos and information useful to massage therapists.
Industry suppliers also play a large part in the information you have at your fingertips. All of the primary massage and bodyworks trade publications in the U.S. are supported by advertising. Massage Today is no exception; in fact, it is the only massage publication without subscription revenues to supplement advertising.
Industry support by industry suppliers is not a new concept; it has long been the norm in the chiropractic and athletic training world. Suppliers in those fields support the schools and trade shows heavily. It is a much newer occurrence in massage therapy. We are just now reaching the critical mass by which companies can profit enough to reinvest in our industry. Some suppliers go beyond the norm in industry support and deserve special recognition. Two examples follow:
I would really love to see the "soft disdain" I mentioned earlier go away! Our suppliers need to be recognized and appreciated for being there when we need them. When you learn that a company has reinvested their profits back into our industry, I ask you to express your thanks in a special way ... by buying its products! Make the products available to your patients and clients; after all, a company can only reinvest profits if there are profits to reinvest!
I end by offering my thanks those companies that participate and do give back, and encouraging more companies to look for ways to reinvest in massage therapy. I especially thank those suppliers who see reinvesting as an obligation to keeping our profession healthy.
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue of Massage Today. 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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