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