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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
The Road is Still Long
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The practice of massage has come a long way in our lifetime. I'm sure that those who have been practicing for 20 or more years see it much more than I do, but even a practitioner in the field for only five years can experience how far we have come in capability and public awareness.
The very first massage I received was in the health club of the Sheraton Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal in 1979.I was in the Naval Reserve, and my journey home was delayed for a day after a period of active-duty training. To kill time I used the health club; when signing in, I was asked if I wanted a massage. I remember being taken aback and not having a clue what massage was about. I am pleased I answered in the affirmative because the experience was very positive and was, no doubt, part of my "destiny."
In the 80s I had several careers that necessitated travel. Long days, airplane seats, and hustling through airports with a garment bag on one shoulder and golf clubs on the other did nothing to alleviate nagging low back pain. But massage therapists did! In the 80s, determining whether massage was legitimate or a front for sexual services was difficult at best. More than once I was unpleasantly surprised before becoming a more informed consumer.
Since entering the field of massage therapy in the early 90s, the need to become an educated consumer has decreased significantly. At least in my part of the country, there is little if any massage advertising that fronts for prostitution. (The one establishment that did was shut down in the spring.) While tiny ads in urban newspapers may advertise, "Tokyo Rose Massage, body shampoos, open 24 hours, 12 masseuses, credit cards accepted," no one but the most naíve confuses these services for actual massage services. This improvement has been through the efforts of many to educate the public on the true benefits of what we do.
Since entering this profession I have witnessed public dissemination of research news on massage efficacy from the Touch Research Institute, the Massage Therapy Foundation and others, and peer reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. I have seen the establishment of such positive public relations programs as ABMP's International Massage Week and AMTA's Massage Therapy Awareness Week. The NCBTMB developed a certification program, and advertises heavily to the public on the benefits of skilled, ethical massage therapists. We don't necessarily have to be members of ABMP or AMTA, or be nationally certified to benefit from their actions. The public is made more aware every day. It's working!
I wish we could now let our guard down, but unfortunately we can't. As far as we have come, there are still those whose lack of knowledge works to keep us from proceeding positively. My local newspaper reported recently* on a town whose board of selectmen was deliberating on whether to permit a nonprofit group to use a community center to conduct a poker tournament as a fundraiser.
One town selectman, who is also the chief of police, was quoted by the paper as saying, "Now they want to have gambling at the Community Center. We're turning into Sin City. Before you know it there will be massage tables on the side of the street." With all due respect to the chief, I can't think of anything much healthier for a community than to have massage tables on the side of its streets! It was obvious to me that he was making a reference to prostitution, not massage, but the ignorance of that remark by an individual in a position of authority is most disturbing.
As upsetting as the chief's remark was, the staff writer for the paper made the outcome even worse! In an apparent attempt to generate interest in the article, the chief's picture with the clip of his quote was side-barred, so that visually the article with headline and side bar read, "Selectman: Town becoming 'Sin City.' Before you know it there will be massage tables on the side of the street."
I have spent over a decade trying to exorcise that doubt about massage in the public's perception; coverage of a side comment as unapprised as this just plants it again in the minds of the unknowing. The road is indeed long.
Thanks for listening!
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*Source: The Eagle Tribune, Sept. 28, 2004. www.eagletribune.com.
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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