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Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
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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