resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
How Far Does Your Touch Reach?
By Doreen Rossi, LMT, NCTMB
April in New England: The City of Boston is preparing for opening day at Fenway Park, tulips and daffodils are beginning to bloom, and one of the most prestigious events in the running world - the Boston Marathon - will take place.As the marathon approaches, I think back on this time last year, when I had the privilege of volunteering my services as a massage therapist for the benefit of these elite runners.
It was my second year dedicated to caring for this small team of elite athletes. It's heartwarming to walk into the nerve center of the organization and be greeted by so many familiar faces - an occurrence that makes a year seem not so long - and it is even more gratifying to be recognized by the athletes. There are many New England massage therapists who have gone to the Boston Marathon at one time or another to volunteer pre- or post-event massage services, during which time therapists hear some of the individual stories of the runners.
In the center, we are fortunate to have the opportunity for greater interaction with the athletes, as opposed to providing a brief massage under the tents. Here, we see the athletes coming in up to a week early to acclimate to time changes and weather conditions, and to recover from jet lag. On their schedules are media events, planned appearances and course tours. The massage room is available to all elite athletes. In a corner of the building is a quiet, secluded room with privacy partitions, dim lighting, and music. This is their massage room, where they can truly unwind from a harrowing flight and scheduled commitments. As with any performance, nerves can be frayed. We work out the kinks and knots, enhance their stretching routines, loosen their tight muscles, and sometimes, simply help them relax.
As the week prior to the marathon draws to an end, Friday is typically the last day any athlete will want deep tissue work. On Saturday, some athletes will come in looking for moderate relaxation, and - on rare occasions - some will need deeper work for a stubborn muscle. Sunday may bring in a few athletes in need of quiet escape and more relaxing touch. Then, on Monday (race day), we see "our" elite athletes board the buses that will take them to the start of the race, 26 miles away in Hopkinton. As they anticipate the feat before them, we break down our quiet room and move our location to set up for their return to the finish line back here in Boston.
Our race day location is in the ballroom of a local hotel and consists of an athlete recovery and triage area. Here, we offer post-event massage. Although only one man and woman can win the marathon, some athletes are pleased they have achieved their personal goals; some believe their performance was a good workout; and others write it off as a bad day. Either way, our job is done for one more year. We head back to our private practices while the athletes begin to think of the next race to focus on.
Having been a part of the team for just two years, I cannot begin to comprehend the far-reaching impact each therapist's touch has had on the many athletes that have passed through this treatment room. In listening to the stories of my colleagues, whose experience with the Boston Marathon elite runners range from five to 15 years, the impact is significant!
This year, we had the privilege of meeting and working with Benjamin Kimutai from the Kenyan team. In addition to being a premier distance runner, Benjamin is also a massage therapist. He came prepared with his stretching rope, ready to be an active participant in his own treatment. This was only his second marathon, but he finished just behind the winner.
In a post-marathon media interview, he stated that regular massage therapy is an important part of his preparation and training. One never knows how far-reaching touch can be. Did the massage team for elite runners at the Boston Marathon have something to do with the addition of sports massage at the Kenyan training facility? I'd like to think so. Just like I believe that our touch had a lot to do with the athletes being able to "get down" on the dance floor six hours after completing the grueling event.
During the week I spent in the elites' massage therapy room, athletes of all nations came in for some kind of treatment. Clearly, there are no language barriers in massage therapy. People of all nations have been on our tables - literally, "in our hands" - and have plainly made their needs understood. This helped me realize that the touch of massage therapy can undeniably transcend language barriers and reach across to other nations.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.