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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
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Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Regarding Massage Research
Thanks for keeping Massage Today alive. Even though I am not a massage therapist, there is enough information that pertains to my own bodywork practice that I find it informative and interesting. Please let me comment on a couple of things in the May issue, particularly the results of the [online] poll (March 2004, www.massagetoday.com/massagepoll/04archive/3_04.php) and [Cliff Korn's] comments about how doctors learn about massage ("More Research, Please! www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/09.html).
I must confess that none of the factors listed in the poll is why my practice is successful. My competence is clearly why I am able to have a successful Shiatsu practice. This should be why every service provider can earn a living, bodywork therapists included! I help people when they come for a treatment. They feel better; they go home and tell their family and friends. They also tell their doctors why they feel better. I know who the docs are in my area. Even though most of them have never met me, they still refer patients to me. They know what I am doing helps because their patients tell them it does.
I do not believe most individual doctors need to see research papers to know about the efficacy of bodywork, as long as the risks remain low. I did not need to have research papers to convince me Shiatsu school was for me. Why should doctors argue with such obvious success? I also think that if you asked a group of doctors that have each referred patients for bodywork, they would agree that research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities might be needed before they would climb aboard the bandwagon. In other words, individually they are willing to support CAM, but as a group they are not, unless CAM researches itself the same way their current medical chaos does. It is also important to note that this is not nearly the issue in Europe, where docs have already boarded the wagon.
Lets face it, until the last few years, "sick" care has been the domain of the docs. They call it health care, though. Money aside, I can see a lot of confused professionals out there that do not understand why these "minor players" are making so much noise in their ball field, and as long as it is their ball park, the CAM players are supposed to play their game. We should not play their game. Let them play sick care; we will play wellness care. We will provide a low/no-risk service that is cheap compared with what they provide. Let them legislate themselves out of the insurance quagmire they have dug themselves into. We should keep the laws out of our businesses, since competent CAM carries no such risks. Doctors will learn about CAM - research or not - otherwise, they will loose their patients and they know it!
Ron Barron, Certified Shiatsu Therapist
I read with interest Cliff Korn's editorial in favor of massage research. I would like to second that motion and share my own experience with research. I have been taking Precision Neuromuscular (PNMT) courses and am now an instructor.
In order to become certified in PNMT, I had to take part in a research project. The project I chose was "the correlation between musician's soft tissue pain and the instrument played." Because I had to contact professional musicians to ask for their participation, I suddenly had access and connection to a whole new group. In addition, I had the opportunity to network with other therapists across the country, who were also involved in this research project.
Other therapists doing research on TMJ dysfunction found their referrals from dentists soaring because of the letters they had sent to the dentist's offices announcing their research, etc. So, I agree that massage research benefits our field in the long run. What I now realize is that it also benefits the researcher immediately.
"Stop arguing about what to call the work...let's do the work"
I would like to respond to James Waslaski's response to Herb Levin's letter to the editor (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/12.html) about the article "Medical Massage vs. Orthopedic Massage" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/02.html).
Enough already! I hear a lot about what we should call this or that. Last time I checked, insurance companies had no CPT codes for orthopedic or medical massage. So, let's stop arguing about what to call the work. Let's do the work and help people feel better. It's the reason we got in the business: to help people, not to promote our seminars.
I took Waslaski's 40-hour, five-day class in 2000 and since then, I have recommended it to more than 100 people. I even recommended it while attending the Medical Massage Practitioners of America 84-hour seminar taught by Herb Levin, which I also recommend to any therapist who wants to help other people get out of pain.
James states, "orthopedic massage is indeed an 'advanced discipline' of medical massage" and states somebody would have to spend six to 10 years with him before they could teach for him. In six to 10 years I could be an orthopedic surgeon! Still, I say "hats off" to anybody willing to back students with their name and reputation by certifying them. I agree we need national standards. Currently, there are registered massage therapists in one state, licensed massage therapists in another; 300 hours here; 800 there; 1200 somewhere else. There is room for everybody to work and teach. A high school diploma in one state is not the same high school education as the state next door. Let's work together to unify the standards of the massage world, not argue over what to call it.
David R Landsberg RMT, MTI
A Letter of Appreciation
I just wanted you to know that I am still receiving e-mail about my trip to Peru. That article has touched a lot of people ("Mission to Peru," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/03.html). Thank you for allowing me to share my experience with your readers.
I also want to thank you for the article on Mike McGillicuddy's wife and the award ("Hat's Off! FSMTA Celebrates Another Successful Convention," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/02.html). We are all so hurt with this loss. He needs to know that we care. Thank you for being there for all of us to learn and be informed. My husband has taken the paper to the university, and they have been impressed by such a wonderful publication for massage therapists.
Eva W Jones, LMT
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