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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.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
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!
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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 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.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
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.
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.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Hats Off! FSMTA Celebrates Another Successful Convention
By Editorial Staff
ORLANDO - The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its annual convention, June 24-27, 2004, at the beautiful Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort.This year's convention titled,'"Hats Off to the FSMTA: Celebrating 65 Years of Health and Healing," featured a diverse mix of presenters, exhibitors and attendees, which made for the most successful convention in FSMTA's history, according to FSMTA Executive Director Bob Smallwood, LMT.
"Twenty-six educational sessions featured the top educators in the massage profession; 76 companies showcased their products to over 2,200 attendees. This would make it the largest attended massage therapy convention in the world," he enthused.
No doubt, conference organizers knew the event was off to a good start when over 200 massage therapists and massage therapy students attended the debut of the Successful Start Program: Tips to Kick Start a Successful Massage Practice, a free practice-building seminar for new and veteran massage therapists, held the night before the convention (see "New Program Endeavors to Educate and Inspire," May 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/02.html).
"The goal was to have 100 attendees at this event," shared FSMTA President Michael McGillicuddy. "We went so far as to plan for 150 and were very pleased with the 200 number."
The Successful Start Program's panel of experts discussed various aspects of establishing and maintaining a massage practice, including leadership; setting up an office; starting a house-call business; public relations and networking; insurance billing; product retailing; patient self-care; and issues related to Florida law.
The next day, the exhibit hall opened for a half-day, followed by the membership dinner, which featured keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. For the next two days, conference attendees chose from a number of educational sessions with other prominent industry leaders, including Bruce Baltz, Erik Dalton, Barry Gillespie, David Kent, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Aaron Mattes, Pete Pfannerstill, James Waslaski and Pete Whitridge. Other workshop presenters included Dee Ahern, Mya Breman, Alaya Chikly, Sheryl McGavin, and Drs. John and Lisa Upledger, all sponsored by the Upledger Institute.
In addition to a three-course meal, awards presentation and live band, the Saturday evening banquet and dance included a moving tribute to Cheryn McGillicuddy, wife of Michael McGillicuddy. Cheryn, who died unexpectedly late last fall, was a dedicated massage therapist and played a role in many association activities. She was awarded the 2004 Performance Health Inc. (PHI)/FSMTA Humanitarian Award posthumously by PHI Vice-President of Marketing Perry Isenberg for "unselfishly helping others in need." Michael accepted the award on his wife's behalf (see tribute below).
Florida state Rep. Frank Farkas received the Legislator of the Year award, while Betsy Collins (Office of State Sen. Dennis L. Jones, DC) and Kay Rousseau (Office of State Sen. James E. King) received awards for being "Friends of Massage Therapy." The Charles Canfield award went to Pete Whitridge, and Massage Magazine, Massage Today, and David Kent were each presented with the FSMTA President's Award for Leadership.
FSMTA Treasurer Maureen Gilbert was recognized as the Massage Therapist of the Year. "The FSMTA annual convention is a highlight on my calendar," said Gilbert. "It is that time of year when the profession unites to learn new techniques, exchange ideas, connect with friends, make new friends and have fun. I just want to say thank you FSMTA for another outstanding convention and thank you to all the hardworking volunteers," she said.
Although next year's convention, scheduled for June 30-July 3, 2005, at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Fla., is still many months away, leaders at the FSMTA have plenty to keep them busy. "The FSMTA's future plans include the creation of an educational foundation, extensive legislative and legal work to protect the Florida licensed massage therapist scope of practice, and a video to promote the benefits of massage therapy to the public and other health care professionals," revealed Bob Smallwood.
For more information on the FSMTA, visit www.fsmta.org.
Editor's note: The 2004 Performance Health Inc./FSMTA Humanitarian Award was presented to Cheryn McGillicuddy posthumously at the FSMTA banquet on Saturday, June 26, 2004. FSMTA President Michael McGillicuddy accepted the award on behalf of his wife from Perry Isenberg, vice-president of marketing for Performance Health, Inc. The inscription on the plague is below, followed by Mr. Isenberg's presentation.
Cheryn always loved nature. She loved the beach. She liked to take care of injured birds, raccoons, stray cats and dogs. She learned to scuba dive, fly airplanes, skydive and even bungee jump. She liked to challenge her fears. Cheryn lived a life of service to others.
She joined the police explorers while she was in high school and became a Brevard County sheriff's deputy as soon as she was of eligible age. She chose law enforcement because she wanted to help people. She served in law enforcement for twelve years until she became a massage therapist.
Cheryn graduated from the Reese Institute in 1993, where she met Michael McGillicuddy. They were married in May of 1995 and shared the love of massage together.
Some of Cheryn's accomplishments are: She was the first massage therapy coordinator for the Disney Health Show and received an Outstanding Service Award from the AMTA for her service. For the FSMTA, Cheryn wrote the FSMTA Code of Ethics. She chaired the FLAME [Florida Association of Massage Education] Committee; she received both the chapter and state sports massage therapist of the year awards; and she was selected to present her body sculpting work for the FSMTA/Australian Exchange. She loved sports massage, CORE myofascial work, and was certified in and assisted teaching pre- and perinatal massage. Cheryn coordinated massage at the 1996 Olympic Soccer Venue in Orlando, Florida. The Board of Massage Therapy gave her a letter of excellence for her mentoring work, and she also became a CEU provider in laws and ethics for the state of Florida.
Some of Cheryn's passions: She was an artist and weaved dreamcatchers; she supported the Native American Indian rituals; she loved helping massage students succeed in attaining their licenses; she was a friend to almost everyone; and she loved her family dearly.
Cheryn's favorite charity was the Coalition for the Homeless; nothing can be worse than having no place to call home. PHI will give $500 to the Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless. The 2004 PHI/FSMTA Humanitarian award goes to Cheryn McGillicuddy for her selfless service.
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