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Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01
Dichotomy of Emotions
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Massage Today is having a birthday! The premier issue of Massage Today rolled off the presses and into your mailboxes in January 2001. As we enter our fourth year of publication, I can say with all honesty that working with Massage Today is one of the most enjoyable things I do! I am delighted that it has become a real force in the massage industry, and I'm most proud when I meet readers who tell me that they "love Massage Today!"
That said, still has a long way to grow into the superior trade publication I envisioned three years ago! There is a huge backlog of wonderful articles that may never see the light of day because there is no space to print them.As you know, is provided at no cost to each and every massage therapist who wants it. Since nothing is free, advertising makes it possible for your issue to arrive each month. The quantity of advertising determines the number of pages of "content" that can be printed on a monthly basis.
There is a dichotomy of emotions here. While I think that Massage Today is the very best of all the publications currently serving the massage industry, I know we can do even better! So help me out here! E-mail me at and let me know what you want to see more of in Massage Today.
Equally as important, let me know what companies you would like to see advertise with us. I would really like to bring you the benefit of more articles, surveys, research and columnists. It is, after all, designed to meet your needs! I'm planning on doing my part to see that it continues to be a serious force for the advancement of the profession for years to come!
Speaking of dichotomy, you are reading this in January; however, as I write this, it is still several weeks before Christmas. Psychologists will confirm that this is traditionally a time of emotional turmoil for many. Those of us celebrating the spiritual aspects of the holiday suffer from the dichotomy of the joy of the Savior's birth with the sorrow of turmoil in the world. Those of us celebrating the secular aspects of the holiday suffer from the dichotomy of the delight in spending time with family and friends versus the need to delve into the commercialism and hustle of crowded stores and mall parking lots.
I typically and historically see only the good parts of the holiday season. I enjoy decorating my treatment room in traditional Christmas decorations and playing "relaxing" Christmas carols when in session. I look forward to having both children and grandchildren close at hand to help us celebrate.
This year, however, I also experienced the feeling of loss and tragedy that brings a hollow ache, and causes introspection and scrutiny of feeling. The massage world lost one of its best on the evening of November 30th, when the life of Cheryn McGillicuddy was tragically cut short. Private tragedy is an occurrence affecting thousands of families everyday in the United States, but that knowledge does not help one bit. Police in Florida are still searching for her killer.
I knew Cheryn as energy, capability and compassion all rolled into one. Her positive energy, enthusiasm, spirit and willingness to pitch in to make things happen made me, and many others, feel significant and truly cared for. She and her husband, Massage Today Sports Massage columnist Michael McGillicuddy, owned and taught at one of the country's premier massage schools, the Central Florida School of Massage. She was instrumental in the development of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association's code of ethics and a patient's bill of rights.
Cheryn's students always found her knowledgeable, helpful and patient. As a friend, I'll dearly miss her counsel, her laugh and her hugs. As a massage educator, Cheryn exhibited tireless devotion and enthusiasm, and an obligation to provide quality education. What a wonderful world it would be if all massage schools had someone like Cheryn directing their educational programs! At only 39 years of age, she had so much more to give. We, as a profession have lost much.
This blue rock does keep spinning, however. Our clients need us. Our friends and families need us. It is up to us to make 2004 another year of growth in our profession. We all need to come to grips with our losses, and use the lessons we have learned from those we have lost for progress. I urge all of us, no matter how we see our role in massage, no matter how we feel about the politics of the field, no matter how successful or unsuccessful we think we are - to be a little bit better and a little bit more client-focused in 2004 than we were in 2003.
Thanks for listening!
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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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