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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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
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!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or by regular mail to:
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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