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Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Happy New Year to you all! As you work to keep your resolutions, maintain or recharge your massage business and rid yourselves of those extra pounds that were somehow made known to the scale between Thanksgiving and Christmas, please take time to wish Massage Today a Happy Birthday!
Since Volume 1, Number 1 hit your mailboxes in January 2001, Massage Today has attempted to meet the needs of all who use the principles of massage in their personal and/or professional lives.And that "all" makes up a large and very diverse group!
Now going into its fifth year of publication, Massage Today is the most widely read source of information on massage therapy in the country. Its articles are automatically fed to media outlets throughout the world adding to their readership, and the popularity of massagetoday.com adds exponentially to the impact of our presence in the world's information database. That said, it is still my intent to ensure that Massage Today remains your publication! While it may provide the world information on massage related topics, it is first and foremost about you and your practice of massage.
In my very first editorial I wrote, "I'm hoping to enable Massage Today to become a bridge empowering all our perspectives and a tool we can all use to meet our personal, professional and business goals." In our fifth year, I think we are well along that path. I am most pleased to see that my views of the profession have remained somewhat constant in the history of Massage Today's publication. In January 2001 I wrote:
We have continued to expand in both breadth and depth, and as we have frequently reported, the public does consider us problem-solvers in an ever-increasing way.
One thing that I had not considered back in early 2001 was the ability of the spa industry to encompass almost the entire massage therapy field. While it comes as no surprise that spas are one of the largest locations of employment for massage therapists, the fact that the fastest growing segment of the spa industry is the medical spa allows even more massage therapists following their own interests to see spa work as an alternative to private practice. I'm sure there are many regional differences, but the historical norm in spa employment was the "new" massage therapist. Now, established therapists with a more clinical bent can also opt to become employed, as opposed to self-employed. I plan on making spa employment a topic for a future editorial since I feel this topic has an ever-expanding bearing on our field. Stay tuned!
In conclusion, to celebrate Massage Today's birthday I'd like to thank publisher Donald Petersen Jr. for having the vision to see that a publication in Massage Today's format would be so well- accepted in our industry. We all also owe thanks to the editorial staff, graphics and multi-media departments, advertising sales and production staff, etc., which actually produce Massage Today so that we can enjoy the benefit of its contents. I thank all the readers for your continued support and suggestions for improvement, the authors who have submitted articles for publication, and especially our esteemed columnists, who each month prepare useful, interesting and thought-provoking columns for you, our readers!
Party hats and cake for everybody!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters related to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to:
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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