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Time to Address the Global Impact of Pain
More people may be living longer, but they're not enjoying it, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Embrace the Necessity of Change
My son, David, and my daughter, Deborah, play high-school and club soccer. For those of you who aren't familiar with this lifestyle, each practices two to three times a week, 48-50 weeks a year. Between the two, they play approximately 70 games annually.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Coding for Functional Performance Testing and Measurements
I have noticed a trend for medical necessity of chiropractic services to be defined with statements and language indicating "functional improvement" as one of the standards for efficacy of treatment.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
How's Your Bucket? Two Key Benchmarks to Help Plug the Holes
Just about every businessperson knows it's far less expensive to hold on to a repeat customer than it is to acquire a new customer.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Viewpoints: Pes Anserine Tendonitis vs. Medial Meniscal Tear
What do you think stiff golf shoes, playing with a child, riding a bike, running and swimming the breaststroke all have in common? Each requires knee joint involvement. To quote physical therapist Gary Gray, "The knee is just the dumb guy in the middle."
A Simple Exam Protocol to Assess Lower-Extremity Imbalance
One of the most common conditions of the human frame is excessive foot pronation, in which the foot rolls inward, creating a foot that is flatter, wider and longer. A resultant subluxation pattern of the various tarsals and metatarsals results.
Are You Using Your Professional Title Ethically?
Many faculty members teaching in the classroom or performing research within academic institutions have earned doctorates and use the title of "Doctor" or "Dr." They are usually referred to as professor or doctor within the classroom by students.
Sacroiliac Pain: A Complex Puzzle
I don't think we manage SI misalignment properly. First, we tell our patients they have an SI problem. I am not convinced this is accurate, and I will speak to that issue. Second, I think repetitive mobilization of the SI joints is not useful.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
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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