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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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