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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
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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 by regular mail to:
Medical Massage in Focus
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Cliff Korn's July 2005 editorial, "'Using' Medical Massage," available online at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/11.html.
Dear Mr. Korn:
I found your article to be both interesting and insulting, and so I am writing this on behalf of the professional members of the American Medical Massage Association (AMMA). The AMMA has been an established medical massage membership organization since 1999 and has published many articles, press releases and statements concerning medical massage. This is not a controlling issue; it's a fact. The article that has been "kindly" referred to as "rhetoric" is true information founded on the beliefs of what the massage therapy profession should be. What is so difficult to understand about unity in a profession? The general massage therapy profession has been so disoriented and fragmented that it will take years, if ever, to develop an understanding that most massage therapists want the same recognition and equality that is awarded other professions. But what seems to be under attack here is the definition of medical massage. The AMMA has defined medical massage since its onset as a scientifically based practice of manual medicine and manual therapy. No use of crystals or other forms of therapy that are not scientifically proven methods. What is exaggerating about that? Medical massage therapists have been trained with specific protocols, and work in hospitals, doctor's offices, with chiropractors and with other allied health care professionals. If the massage therapist has chosen to attain a higher level of training, why shouldn't they be recognized? If, for instance, you look at the nursing profession you find that there are different levels of nursing, so why not massage?
Mr. Korn, the AMMA was, in fact, the first medical massage association formed in the U.S., so we do not appreciate being associated with any other medical massage organization that has its own agenda. We are who we say we are. I would also like to point out that, yes: our association does assist any massage therapist or organization, regardless of association affiliation, when we are called upon to do so. Since you have never contacted our association for information, Mr. Korn, you are making unsubstantiated statements.
I do applaud you for stating that you hope the AMTA will include the medical massage organizations in their discussions and "search for definition." If not, this will be just one more step in dividing the profession.
Marie A. Ruberto, managing director
Dear Mr. Korn:
Thank you for your insightful and well-articulated editorial regarding medical massage and David Luther's organization(s). As a licensed massage therapist for 15 years, it appears to me that the last thing we as health care professionals need in this thriving market is more divisiveness and confusion among practitioners and the public. Mr. Luther attempts to claim that only therapists who have passed his course(s) and taken his exam are performing medical massage. I would like to submit a counter definition of medical massage: "The use of manual therapies performed by a person specifically trained and licensed in massage therapy applications for the purpose of benefiting of another." Why discriminate? I have a specific practice and skills, but I still recognize the benefits of "relaxation" massage for my patients. Would we prohibit doctors from [prescribing] medications for stress and anxiety? Doesn't massage benefit these areas? We need more cohesion and unity. Not the alphabet soup of "micromassage" specialty and discrimination.
John Chianese, LMT, NAET
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