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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.).
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.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Last month, our new managing editor, Rebecca Razo, penned a front-page article titled Sharing the Gift of Touch (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/07/05.html).The article touches on a concept I have long held dear: If we are blessed with talents and abilities, we should use them to benefit the rest of society in myriad ways.
Most would agree that massage therapists come pre-programmed with a deep desire to help others. It's what allows us to overcome societal issues surrounding personal space and touch to alleviate pain and discomfort in others. It's also what makes us ideal candidates to expand from our practices and embrace volunteering to serve our own and society's needs.
If you have checked out my bio, you know I am a "volunteeraholic." I love being a massage therapist and look forward to Monday mornings. In previous careers, I haven't always been able to say that; so, now I feel it appropriate to expend my energies giving back to the profession I love and to the society that allows it to flourish.
Volunteering benefits both the society-at-large and the volunteer. It makes important economic and social contributions, giving way to more cohesive societies by building trust and a mutual exchange of effort and activity among citizens.
Even the IRS supports us in our volunteering efforts! Volunteers in the United States can receive tax deductions from the IRS on many costs associated with volunteering, such as mileage; supplies; copying; convention attendance fees; parking; and more. Although you cannot deduct the value of your time or services, you can deduct the expenses you incur while donating your services to a qualified organization, including travel expenses, which may include transportation, meals and lodging while away from home, as long as there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation or vacation involved in the travel.
These deductions apply only if you are not receiving reimbursement by the organization you are assisting. You also must itemize them on your tax form; thus, you cannot take the deductions if you use the 1040 EZ form. (Please note that this information is for general reference. Consult a tax professional, or download IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions [www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf] for more information.)
In addition to providing tax deductions, volunteering allows us to live out our fantasies. Many of us secretly wish we could spend our days on Broadway, taming lions, or doing any of a thousand different things; however, our career paths - and maybe our true talents - led us in different directions. Volunteering is a way to make your dreams come true! Instead of selecting a volunteer assignment that makes use of your professional skills, consider finding a form of community service that taps the "inner you."
Do you love show business? There are lots of community theater groups, local telethons and performing troupes that might welcome your involvement. If you can't act or sing, you could manage, sew costumes or book acts.
Do you love animals? Few paying jobs involve a lot contact with animals; however, you can volunteer at the zoo, and do everything from helping the keepers to giving tours. The humane society might welcome your help in caring for unwanted pets and finding adoptive families for them.
Perhaps you want the chance to be a leader. Chairing a committee, coordinating a special event, or being a team captain of other volunteers will allow you fulfill this function. You'll finally be in charge! The Web site www.Suite101.com suggests adding volunteer activities to your resume:
I hope I have stirred your willingness and desire to share in my volunteerism delight! If massage is your passion, as it is mine, you don't even have to leave the field to participate. Drag your massage chair down to the local firehouse or police station and volunteer on and after holiday weekends when employees have been on duty for extended periods of time. Contact any national, state or local massage association and offer to help. Member or not, most will welcome your call!
It's time to give back right now - don't you think?
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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