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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.
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.)
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Are You Moving in the Right Direction?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Well, I've made it through my first four months as the new managing editor (am I still considered "new" after this amount of time?) thanks in large part to our editor, Cliff Korn; Massage Today's outstanding editorial team; and especially my predecessor, Peter Crownfield, who has patiently taught me the ropes.Peter has done a great job managing the publication, and I look forward to picking up where he left off by continuing to ensure that Massage Today stays the leading resource in the industry.
In July, I started making a few small improvements to massagetoday.com, one of which included posting an inspirational quote on the site's home page each month. I selected Thoreau's quote to start this tradition for a number of reasons: It is moving and motivating; it is an ambition to which all people should aspire; and it has become my personal mantra.
Several months ago, I was at a fairly low point in my professional life when one of my closest friends gave me a notebook with this quote written on the cover. It served as the inspiration and wake-up call I needed. I had just been laid-off from my previous job, and had serious doubts about the direction my life was heading. I am happily married; but despite my husband's support, I felt alone and confused. Worst of all, I began to question my dreams. Suddenly, the very things that had kept me afloat were starting to feel lofty and ambitious, intangible, and even selfish.
I had set my sights on a career in publishing for a long time, but never pursued this dream because I was afraid of failing. Instead, I sought out comfort and safety in lieu of the things I really wanted. Don't get me wrong. Comfort and safety are good things once you have turned your dreams into reality; but before that happens, they can be dangerous hindrances. I certainly wasn't going "confidently in the direction" of my dreams. If anything, I was running away from them as fast as I could. It took me hitting bottom for reality to set in: I had one shot at this life and up until that point, I hadn't been doing a very good job of maximizing it.
Fast-forward a few months later to my arrival at the managing editor's desk of Massage Today. I had taken a leap, and landed with both feet facing forward. I never knew I could feel such a sense of pride, accomplishment and satisfaction in coming to work every day.
One of the ironies of my situation is that my husband has been a massage therapist for over 10 years. Although I have always encouraged and supported his desire to make a difference, I never once dreamed that one day, I, too would be involved in this vibrant profession. It seems the timing of my involvement couldn't have been more perfect. These are exciting times to be a massage therapist. The opportunities for growth and development are endless! I am all too happy to be in this position where I can support your efforts to make this profession the very best it can be.
What Are Your Dreams?
Are you living the life you've imagined? Perhaps you want to own a clinic or spa; maybe you are interested in conducting massage research, or are passionate about lobbying on behalf of the massage therapy profession. Maybe you want to teach classes, or mentor others; perhaps you want to learn new modalities, or simply master the ones you already know.
Whatever your dreams may be, big or small, you have the power to make them happen. It may take six months, a year or 10 years, but does it really matter how long it takes? We are not in a race or competition (although it may feel like it at times). We have not failed if we aren't where we think we should be in our lives, nor have we failed if the road to our dreams is bumpy, if we come to a crossroads, or if we lose our way every now and then; rather, these things are all part of a much bigger journey - one I hope you will embrace.
I encourage you to take a look inward and ask yourself if you are moving "confidently in the direction of your dreams." If you are, good for you! Keep moving in that direction! If not, ask yourself why. Have you lost your way? It's time to re-examine your road map. Have you shelved your dreams? It's time to bring them out, dust them off and begin thinking about how you can turn them into your reality.
I'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions for Massage Today, or you just want someone to share your dreams with, please drop me a line at or by regular mail to the following address:
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