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Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
The Experiences of Learning
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world!
One of the best things about being editor of Massage Today is having knowledge about many of the educational offerings held around the country.Maybe it's because I didn't get into massage and bodywork until I was well into my 40s, or because I could have applied myself more while going to massage school, but I could be quite happy as a perpetual student of the art and science of massage and bodywork. I love the opportunity to attend conventions, conferences, symposia and workshops because they appeal to my preference to enjoy social situations, as well as obtain continuing education.
In June, I attended the 2004 North American Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Tampa, Fla. - my eighth continuing education event this year! So, if I go to so many workshops, what makes this one worthy enough to take up editorial space in Massage Today? With the amount of continuing education I take, it's not like I never had a low back pain class before!
This conference was special for many reasons - reasons important enough to share with you. The conference was sponsored by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, which is (to my knowledge) the only peer-reviewed journal serving our field, in association with The International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE). More importantly, the conference presenters were of the highest possible caliber and dealt with what is possibly one of the most prevalent patient complaints we face as practitioners: low back and pelvic pain.
The conference was designed to show new ways to assess the body, offer approaches that can help effect meaningful changes in our clients, demonstrate simple techniques we can employ immediately, and inspire us to learn even more. It did all of those things, providing more than value for the time and money spent. I must admit, the thing that first drew my interest to this conference was a particular presenter who has long been one of my "heroes."
Since reading the book, Soft Tissue Manipulation, in massage school, Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, has held my attention. I now own eight or nine of his books! I flew to Florida primarily because he was one of the speakers. What a pleasant surprise that all of the presenters were of similar knowledge and ability!
It was my first introduction to Dr. Carolyn McMakin, a chiropractor, and clinical director of the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Clinic of Portland, Ore., and to Dr. John Downes, Dean of the College of Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Ga. I further had never experienced the knowledge and presentation style of Jan Dommerholt, a physical therapist from Bethesda, Md., who, among a long list of credentials, serves as cofounder and director of the Janet G. Travell, MD, Seminar Seriessm.
In addition to Dr. Chaitow, I have had previous educational opportunities with both Judith Aston and Judith DeLany and know them all as talented, insightful and superb educators. The three-day event was a masterpiece of intellectual stimulation. I heard Jan Dommerholt share new insights into the role of multifidus muscles in pelvic stabilization concepts, along with treatment options such as intramuscular trigger point stimulation with dry needling; I heard Dr. Downes speak on foot structure and function, and how they directly affect homeostasis of the lower kinetic chain, and the direct impact of lower limb function on the lumbopelvic region.
Dr. McMakin spoke on frequency specific microcurrent therapy (FSM) to treat neuropathic pain and myofascial trigger points, and experienced firsthand the application of FSM on a bout of shoulder tendonitis I was experiencing. (Note: While use of electrical devices may not be included in the scope of practice of all massage therapists, many state regulations are silent on the issue; it is specifically included in Florida's massage regulation.)
I heard Judith Aston, who must be at least as "mature" as I am (she started a movement education program for athletes, dancers and actors in 1963!) but moves like a woman in her 20s, talk about the implications of Aston Patterning® and its relationship to the body's dimension to alignment and function, as well as a demonstration of body positions that increase or decrease support for the pelvis in gait.
I heard Leon Chaitow talk about positional release approaches to the care of low back problems and a fascinating discussion on the influence of low back pain on breathing-pattern disorders. Finally, I heard Judith DeLany discuss the dysfunctions and referral patterns associated with trigger points as sources of lumbar and pelvic pain.
OK, so it was all great stuff, and I can't say enough about it. Two things, though, really stand out for me. First, amid all the degreed and titled individuals presenting, only Judy DeLany listed a simple "LMT" after her name. I was quite pleased to see how she was accepted as a peer among the high-powered presentation group. Her command of subject matter and ability to "fit in" as a leader in a group of PTs, DCs and DOs made me proud to also have "LMT" tacked on to my name!
The second thing that stood out for me was that this wonderful opportunity was woefully under-attended! I didn't do an actual count of the attendee list, but I would estimate only about 80 people were in attendance. This conference appealed to any practitioner dealing with low back and pelvic pain, not just massage therapists. There should have been hundreds in the room! The ability to sit in a room and get actual individual attention from presenters of this stature was incredible! My clients are reaping the benefits of my attendance at this conference; I'm doing better work because I made the investment of time and money. I wish you had been there, too! I wish you could have shared in the experience with some of my heroes!
This was the fourth North American "Multidisciplinary Approaches" conference, and I'm sure there will be more. If your practice includes clinical aspects, you might want to search these out. Who are your heroes in massage and bodywork education? There are so many out there! Go take a class ... not because you have to, but because you want to stir up your passion to learn something new. You'll be pleased you did. You can write it off your taxes, it will actually make you money, and your client load will naturally increase. This sounds like something good for practitioners, presenters and the public! So what are you waiting for?
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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