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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.
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.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
ABMP Survey Highlights Trends in Massage Therapy
By Rebecca J. Razo
In late February, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) announced the results of its national survey regarding consumer use of and sentiments toward massage therapy. Harstad Strategic Research, Inc., a national public opinion research firm in Boulder, Colo., conducted the telephone survey on behalf of ABMP, which included a representative sample of over 1,000 adults, ages 21 and older.
Among the key results, the survey found that 12 percent of respondents had received massage an average of nine times in the year 2004 - a frequency on par with their visits to chiropractors and physical therapists.Of those respondents who had received massage in 2004, 96 percent had favorable feelings toward massage therapists, compared to 72 percent of previous massage users and 32 percent of those who had never experienced massage therapy.
The survey also found that a 45 percent plurality indicated their feelings toward massage therapists have changed for the better over the past 10 years. Forty-five percent of those who received a massage in 2004 did so for pain relief or muscle soreness, followed by relaxation and stress relief.
Although massage therapy received high marks from those who have previously experienced it, other survey results indicated that consumers might still lack some basic information on the benefits of massage, especially among those who haven't experienced it firsthand.
For example, of those who did not receive a massage in 2004, 53 percent reported they did not find it "necessary" or there was no "perceived value in receiving one." Thirty-eight percent of this same group said they "probably" would not have a massage in 2005, while 33 percent said they "definitely" would not, compared to 62 percent of those who received massage in 2004 that said they "definitely will" have a massage in 2005.
If "experiencing a massage therapy session is its own best advertising for changing perceptions," as ABMP President Bob Benson said in a press release, massage therapists might be well-served to focus a substantial portion of their education efforts on those who have never experienced the benefits of massage and bodywork.
"Whether massage therapists are speaking to a large audience or one-on-one to potential clients, it is important to emphasize the benefits of massage," says Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, author of the Success Beyond Work, a marketing book and consulting business designed to help massage therapists increase clientele and revenue. "People are interested in hearing what problem you can solve for them and will be more inclined to use your services if you name their specific problem. Uneducated people think of massage only as a tool for relaxation. By telling people that it is useful in treating migraines, chronic shoulder and neck pain, and so forth, you are providing them a solution to what ails them."
Other recent consumer massage surveys include the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2004 Massage Therapy Consumer Survey and a 2002 survey developed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use among adults in the United States.* The chart below compares key data from the ABMP, AMTA and NCCAM surveys.
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