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How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
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By Editorial Staff
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:
Rave Review for Ralph Stephens
Regarding the article "Of Cabbages and Kings" (Sept. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/09/12.html), this article is so right on. I am using it as my theme for my Eagles Toastmaster meeting. Thank you Massage Today for such compelling articles and most of all to Ralph R Stephens. Ralph: Say hello to your Auntie Lynnette, a wise lady.
Mitzi Zappala Daniels
The 11th Commandment
I would like to add an 11th Commandment of Prosperity to Cary Bayer's article, "The 10 Commandments of Prosperity," (Oct. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/07.html): "Thou shalt not let others take advantage of you either emotionally or financially." Being in a healing profession allows our empathy to stand out. Many times people can detect this and can try to use that trait to aid their cause. However, since our skills are honed for the good of our clients/humankind, it's important that we understand our self-worth and have the integrity to say "no."
Nina Hanson, LMT
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Cliff Korn's October editorial, "Thoughts on Being Part of Medicine" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/09.html).
More Thoughts on "Thoughts"
I had the privilege of reading Massage Today from my wife, who is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Ohio. I read your commentary from the October 2004 issue.
I am a licensed osteopathic physician with approximately 30 years of practice. I practice from a traditional osteopathic standpoint. The majority of my practice is dealing with osteopathic hands-on therapy.
As it stands to date, my profession is evolving into an understanding of osteopathy being most appropriate when we can take a patient to their most relaxed state. In this state, it is hoped that there will be a shift in the psyche of that patient to go to a complete state of relaxation and peace, and let go of the grief of their suffering. The idea of specifically focusing on manipulation as a form of specific treatment for specific diseases may begin to take a secondary role in the future.
Therefore, the benefit of relaxation massage whose purpose is to take this patient to a state of peace may have ultimate value as far as being primary for the "medicalization" of massage. I hope your profession never lets go of the thought of relaxation as a form of medical therapy.
One advantage my wife has as a massage therapist is that when a patient comes to her, that patient has made the commitment to let go of their stresses, anxieties and sufferings with the hope that she will take that patient to a state of relaxation and peace. Often times, orthodox medicine cannot do this as part of medical therapy. The concept of taking the patient to a point of peace and stillness within their spirit is an osteopathic fundamental for balancing the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the neurological basis for much control of disease and suffering within the medical milieu.
Kenneth J. Klak, DO
I have been a licensed massage therapist for 15 years with over 300 hours of CEUs. When I took the state board exam, I had to take both a written and a practical exam. Now, all you need is to take a written exam for a hands-on profession. The [massage therapy] CEUs required, in most cases, are so repetitive they are a waste of time and money. My collection of CEUs does not come from any medical source other than the psychiatric realm for stress release. Most of my clients are "little old ladies" with a variety of complaints. A lot are suffering from lack of touch.
I do not want to see a cadaver, cut up and dissected. I do not hurt people with my therapy. I do not choose to be a Rolfer or deal with other musculoskeletal problems. I have been pressed into studying therapies that I will never use, and must pay dearly for them. I refer clients (they are not patients-that is a medical term that we can be sued for using here in the Sunshine State) to osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and on several occasions, to other LMTs trained in colonic irrigation.
For those who are in the same position as I am, I would like to propose a cap on mandatory CEUs. I feel no need for further instruction, where you can read a leaflet, color in the right circles, and mail it off with over $200. I feel, by personal choice, a total of 100 credit hours of CEUs is enough. If you want to continue more studies, they should not be mandatory, but voluntary. If that does not satisfy you, then, by all mean go to a medical or chiropractic school. I do not choose to!
Alice Paprocki, BS, LMT
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