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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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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