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Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
What's in a Name?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Is the name we use to describe our "professional selves" important? Do you perform "massage," "bodywork" or both? Do you see a difference between the two? If you lean toward "massage" (forgetting regulated titles for a moment), do you consider yourself a massage therapist, massagist, masseur/masseuse, massage practitioner, massage technician, or something else entirely?
In the inaugural issue of Massage Today, because of our diversity, I said, "Whether we are practicing with a doctorate degree, thousands of hours of education and more credentials than can easily fit on several lines of text, or practicing with a high-school diploma and several weekends of hands-on mentoring, we all need, and have, a professional obligation to improve our skills and capabilities.Massage Today is a publication designed to help us all do just that." (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/01/07.html). Three years later, our profession is no less diverse, and perhaps what we call ourselves is even more important! (I know I get cranky when someone calls me a "masseuse"!)
I recently followed an online discussion about a new massage certification organization attempting to implement a very high bar to obtain its certification. In opposition to the idea of a new certification, one individual argued, "Massage therapy is manual labor. At most we are technicians." This statement gave me pause. I immediately started calling this individual names (to myself) that had nothing to do with massage and that couldn't be printed in this article! However, after reading several of his rejoinders that explained his definition of "technician," I realized he didn't think himself any less professional than I think myself; rather, he was merely using language to argue his political point of view. Another person in the discussion went so far as to suggest that the title "massage therapist" was a plot by an organization to ply its political agenda on unsuspecting practitioners by making a massage specialty (massage therapy) the new umbrella term.
My point in mentioning all this is that these arguments did not, in my opinion, clarify meaning and bring people together, but instead fueled personal political dilemmas by saying, "I'm right and you're wrong, stupid!" Perhaps political discussions lend themselves to these types of arguments, and I certainly fall into the trap more frequently than I am comfortable admitting. Luckily, there are alternatives.
I was recently involved with an organizational task force charged with developing management evaluation tools. During a task force work session, I was introduced to a concept called "Appreciative Inquiry." Quite simply, this term proposes not trying to find solutions to existing problems, but instead asking more questions about what is already wonderful, because whatever one wants more of already exists in the entity being considered. (A Web search of "Appreciative Inquiry" will bring much amplifying information.) So, without trying to push the political "buttons" of anyone in the massage field, here is a quote from within another industry. See if you think this concept would work in the organized massage world. Thomas White, former President of GTE Telephone Operations, said:
David Cooperrider, one of the developers of Appreciative Inquiry, offers this thought: "In problem-solving, it is assumed that something is broken, fragmented, not whole, and that it needs to be fixed. Thus, the function of problem-solving is to integrate, stabilize, and help raise to its full potential the workings of the status quo."
I'm not sure how you feel, but I think the massage world deserves better than the infighting evident in the status quo. What we call ourselves is just one example. Let's build on what we have in common, not what sets us apart. With that thought in mind, and without trying to force my own perspective of "how it ought to be," I can't help but think that we all share one of my greatest sources of satisfaction - someone leaving my office that stops to give me a genuine smile and say, "Thank you!"
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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