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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
What Are My Choices?
Tables, Mats, Cushions, Ergonomic Aids
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer tables, mats, cushions, pillows and ergonomic aids - important components of a successful massage practice.
A BackRub Co.: A pioneer in the massage business. We offer a variety of massage, back and body care products, including our Feel Good Pillow line. All pillows are filled with flax seed, and may be purchased with or without a scent. We also carry the Oster Massager, and world famous McKenzie lumbar and cervical rolls. Earthlite chairs, oils and lotions are available. A BackRub Co. offers professional as well as volume discounts. Phone: 888-771-2225; E-mail: ; Web: www.abackrubco.com.
Core Products: Therapeutic products that are soothing to wear and medically effective, providing support and tension where you need it most. Offers a variety of products, including pillows and positioning products, braces and supports, and hot and cold therapy. You can find relief for just about every part of your body. Phone: 800-365-3047; Web: www.coreproducts.com.
DEV direction Inc.: Offers solid, dependable products and we guarantee it. Our tables do not squeak or creak when in use, are made with heavy duty hinges, have quality foam that does not break down and get squashy after a few uses, are made with durable vinyl that easily wipes clean and no tools or assembly required. Phone: 877-589-0048; E-mail: ; Web: www.topmassagetables.com.
Dryssage, Inc,: We develop products that allow therapists to perform superior massage outside the office. For out of the office massage most of us use chair massage, the only problem with chair massage is that it does not feel anything like traditional massage with oil. However, with our new Dryssage Glide System, you can offer a chair massage that will closely match the quality you are capable of providing in your office. Phone: 866-395-8343; E-mail: ; Web: www.dryssage.com.
EarthGear/Lifegear: Committed to offering the best value in massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional value. Phone: 800-508-1937; Web: www.earthgear.com.
LSI International: LSI International, Inc., founded in 1987, is a wholesale distributor for the massage therapy, chiropractic and physical therapy industries. A few of the massage tables LSI carries include: Earthlite Massage Line of the Spirit II, Sedona, Avalon II, Harmony II and the new Avila II Chair and many other quality massage products. FREE catalog available. Phone: 800- 832-0053; E-Mail: ; Web: www.lsiinternational.com (Password: SHOPLSI).
McRoskey Mattresses: Provide excellent support, maintaining proper spinal alignment and preventing stress at major joints such as the shoulder and hip areas. People shopping for a new mattress should look for quality in craftsmanship and good materials. Because a mattress too firm is not desirable, people need to be able to choose among different types of comfort and support. Unlike other brands, McRoskey allows customers to select from five different comforts. Phone: 800-760-9600; Web: www.mcroskey.com.
Oakworks: For 25 years Oakworks has had an ongoing dialogue with the therapeutic massage community, working to offer the most ergonomically superior, safe and environmentally sound tables on the market. Find out more about our revolutionary Breast Comfort System padding. Your female clients will rave about their comfort in the prone position, but you'll love the access your hands have for all clients in the supine position. At Oakworks, bodies talk; we listen. Phone: 800-558-8850; Web: www.oakworks.com.
Posture Education Products: TruComfort™ Seat and Back Support System. Ergonomically designed to relieve discomfort and promote proper sitting habits. Transforms poorly designed seats into healthy, supportive seating - car, office, airplane or elsewhere. Back provides guidance to align the head, neck and spine. Seat provides firm foundation for pelvic bones. Adjustable-thickness, teardrop shaped lumbar cushion attaches to back at height that corresponds to user's lumbar curve. Phone: 800-392-0363; E-Mail: ; Web: www.postureeducation.com.
Select Comfort Direct Corp: Unlike traditional mattresses, which are made from metal coils and springs, The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort™ uses uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support, which can be easily adjusted to your preference for comfort and firmness. In addition, the Sleep Number® bed allows couples to individually adjust each side of the bed to the precise comfort level each partner prefers. Phone: 888-548-9508; Web: www.selectcomfort.com.
StrongLite Tables: Provides equipment that is used to bring human touch to the world. We fully support the work you do and put our love and caring into each process of our work to provide you with the best massage equipment available delivered with the best service available. Phone: 800-289-5487; Web: www.stronglite.com.
TAO Trading Int: Provides tables at low prices, with constant improved www.bestmassage.com.
Tempur-Pedic: Manufactures and distributes Swedish Mattresses and Neck Pillows™ made its proprietary TEMPUR® pressure-relieving material, a viscoelastic material that conforms to the body to provide support and help alleviate pressure points. Products are currently sold in 60 countries under the TEMPUR and Tempur-Pedic brand names. Phone: 888-881-9779; Web: www.tempurpedic.com.
The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides massage professionals with ergonomic aids, books, videos, charts and other materials they need for 35 exciting, Category "A", continuing education, home study programs. Nationally recognized experts teach these valuable programs. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Call today for a free resource guide. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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