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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
AMTA National Convention a "Diamond Jubilee"
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) celebrated its 60th anniversary during the 2003 National Convention, Oct. 22-26, in Richmond, Va. This year's convention, dubbed the "Diamond Jubilee," included four days of continuing education classes, AMTA Foundation news and research, social events, and trade show exhibits featuring products, services and educational opportunities from hundreds of vendors.
AMTA President Brenda L.Griffith recapped the association's accomplishments over the past year at the annual business meeting, and in her opening remarks, Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas discussed relationship-building within the health care community, and the AMTA's plans for the future. "Your board of directors is committed to fostering relationships that can help advance the profession and create a better environment for massage therapy practice. Relationship development is about representing the best interests of the whole massage therapy profession, in addition to representing the well-being of the public... AMTA envisions the future of the whole profession, and plans into the future for where public demand and the acceptance of massage will be next. We envision that [same] acceptance in health care ..." she said.
National election results were also announced and include newly elected President Laurel Freeman and President-Elect Mary Beth Braun; executive committee Vice-Presidents Leena Guptha and M.K. Brennan Knollmeyer; re-elected member at large Ron McKnight; and newly elected Members at Large Kathy Lea, Glenath Moyle; and George Schwind to the board of directors.
The convention welcomed best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, an advocate of patient empowerment, as this year's keynote speaker. He discussed the role of love and spirituality in health and healing.
Attendees were able to choose from a wide range of continuing education workshops that included many nationally known educators, including Sandi Fritz, who presented "Ethics and Professionalism"; Dr. Bruno Chikly: "Lymphatic Mapping"; Bob King: "Postural Pain and Foot Pronation"; Cheryl Chapman: "Hands-on for Cancer"; Linda Tellington-Jones: "Introduction to TTouch(tm) for Humans and Animals"; and Benny Vaughn: "USA Sports Massage."
Other presenters included John Calvi, Margo Bowman, Yamuna Zake, Dawn Nelson, June Lordi, Roger Tolle, Suzanne Torrenzano, Claire Marie Miller, and Wayne Perry.
In addition to AMTA-sponsored activities, the AMTA Foundation showcased poster sessions of foundation-funded research, and featured workshops on grant writing, research findings and the foundation's Massage Therapy Research Database. Renowned massage educator Eric Dalton presented a post-convention workshop: "'Dirty Dozen' Myoskeletal Techniques for Neck, Shoulder and Hand Pain," to benefit the foundation.
Additionally, the foundation announced plans to temporarily suspend scholarship distributions while it redesigns the program; new scholarship guidelines will be issued next spring.
Plans for the AMTA 2004 National Convention, scheduled for Oct. 7-10, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn., are already underway. For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org. For more information on the AMTA Foundation, visit www.amtafoundation.org.
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