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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow? "What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer tables, mats, yoga supplies, cushions, pillows, and ergonomic aids - all important components of a successful massage practice.
Beauty with Nature: Great White Bottling Inc. / Beauty with Nature has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products include: Massage lotion, massage oil, massage balm, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Tel: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Belvedere USA Corporation: Belvedere USA Corporation offers an array of salon and spa products, including seating, wood, glass and steel cabinetry; desks and retail displays; spa equipment, including pedicare systems, hydrotherapy tubs and massage products; and nail care including manicure tables with corresponding seating and storage. The Belvedere product lineup features the Mirage Pedicare System, a comprehensive footcare system that offers one-touch electronic cleaning and disinfecting, a proprietary disinfectant and a tubular steel frame. Products include: Footcare, Mirage Pediare System, Alexandria Pedicare Station, Cleopatra Pedicare Station, Victoria Pedicare Station, Martinique Massage Table, Antiqua Massage Table, St. Thomas Massage Table, St. Croix Massage Table, Ultra Electric Table, Ultra Hydraulic Table, Carmel Nail Table, Cosmos Nail Table, Royale Hydrotherapy Tub, Equinox Hydrotherapy Tub, Diane Hydrotherapy Tub, Vichy Shower and Wet Table, Steamy Wonder Therapy Tent, and Turnkey spaces planning and facility design services. Tel: 815-544-3131 E-mail: ; Web: www.belvedereusa.com.
BodySense: Aromatherapy Hot/Cold products combine the benefits of moist heat and aromatherapy. Each contains aromatic herbs and spices, carefully selected for their healing properties, and rice for its moisture content and weight. BodySense offers 26 product items with 8 different formulas or combinations of herbs and spices. Our product line ranges form NeckEase, Sinus Pack, Eye Pillows, FootEase, Packs, Wraps, Toys and a bamboo flute CD. Tel: 877-816-3615; E-mail: ; Web: www.shopbodysense.com.
EarthGear Therapeutic Innovations: EarthGear is committed to offering the best value in professional massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional in value. Every EarthGear product is designed and tested to withstand the rigors of professional use, and is skillfully crafted from quality materials, and EarthGear's commitment to quality is backed by an industry leading lifetime warranty. Products offered: professional quality portable massage tables, an on-site massage chair, desktop massage support unit, quality massage therapy accessories including pneumatic stools, bolsters, carry cases, oil holsters, fleece pads, and disposable headrest covers. Tel: 800-508-1937; E-mail: ; Web: www.earthgear.com.
Massage King: Tel: 800-290-3932; Web: www.massageking.com.
Massage Supply Company: Tel: 866-497-4856; Web: www.massagesupplyco.com.
MassageWarehouse.com: Tel: 800-910-9955; Web: www.massagewarehouse.com.
Oakworks: Tel: 800-558-8850; Web: www.oakworks.com.
OPTP: OPTP, a leader in the industry for over 25 years, offers a large selection of health, fitness and rehabilitation products. Including massage, stretching, trigger point, foam rollers, Swiss exercise balls, balance boards, women's health, resistive exercise band products and resources and more! Tel: 800-367-7393; E-mail: ; Web: www.optp.com.
Steam Sauna: Manufacturer of commercial and residential steam generators and custom pre-cut cedar sauna rooms for over 30 years. Steam Sauna offers such advanced features as the Automatic Power Flush and the 2-in-1 System for commercial grade units. Supplier to the finest spas, resorts and fitness clubs throughout North America. Tel: 866-937-2862; Email: ; Web: www.steam-sauna.com.
Stronglite Massage Tables: Laney and John Lloyd, a massage therapist and a mechanical engineer founded Stronglite in 1986. This combination of talents led to the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, strength and durability in bodywork equipment - Strong and light - it's a combination our customers have always asked for in equipment, so it's what we deliver. Durable, lightweight and maneuverable, our tables and chairs are engineered for the peak performance of your business. Products include: High-value portable massage tables and chairs plus table and chair accessories such as bolsters, end & side extensions, sternum pads, sheets, fleece pads, carrying cases, and heatable/chillable Warm Whiskers pillows. Tel: 800-289-5487; E-mail: ; Web: www.stronglite.com.
Tatum Tables: Tel: 800-895-5487; Web: www.tatumtable.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758 or .
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