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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
More Research, Please!
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
In the last month, I've attended two conferences that were of special interest to me: One was specifically for massage therapists (the AMTA New England Regional Conference in Boxborough, Mass.); the other for physicians and clinicians desiring information on the world of integrative medicine (the First Annual Integrative Medicine Conference & Natural Healthcare Expo in Miami, Fla.).The primary purposes of these two conferences were similar, even though they were designed for different audiences. Both allowed attendees to meet continuing education requirements, and both offered attendees opportunities to network among themselves, and with suppliers of goods and services supportive of their respective fields.
The Integrative Medicine Conference provided health care practitioners with practical information about the integration of conventional and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Americans spend in excess of $10 billion annually on herbal and dietary supplements, frequently without the guidance of a health care professional or awareness of the potential for interactions with conventional therapies. This conference provided information on how and when to use the best of conventional and natural interventions, how to use therapies synergistically, and how to recognize and avoid interactions for common diseases. It further provided information on the safety and quality of herbs and botanicals.
For those who don't regularly take advantage of the many massage and/or health related conferences around the country, most conferences include a health expo or exhibit hall that gives attendees access to new developments in the field, and opportunities to purchase items necessary or beneficial to their practices. If "follow the money" is an indicator of where trends in health care are taking us, CAM is following the path of conventional Western medicine and relying on pills to solve health deficiencies. The integrative medicine conference had almost no presence of manual therapies in its health expo. A booth taken by a massage school was the only indication I saw that manual therapies might be thought of to benefit clinicians, and one of only a handful not staffed by purveyors of some type of nutriceutical.
We all know that the public use of massage therapy is one of the highest percentages of CAM therapies. My recent observation from this conference, however, did not bear out that conventional health care practitioners, even those supportive of CAM therapies, find it necessary to learn about or recommend our services. If we were to target an area for us to educate others, it appears that those physicians open to integrative medicine should be high on our list. Judging from the number of attendees interested in participating in CAM dialogues, this is likely to be an ever-increasing source of referrals if we can make the efficacy of massage known to them.
Let's all support more massage research - it's what physicians use to make referrals. It's important for the success of us all to continue to publish findings that will surely show massage therapists as ready and able to be part of a professional care-giving team.
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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