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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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