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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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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