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Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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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