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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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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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