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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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