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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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