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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Toronto Hosts First International Chair Massage Conference
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The first International Chair Massage Conference, held in Toronto, June 18-19, 2005, exceeded attendance expectations, with participants from all over Canada and as far south as Texas! In all, more than 40 participants hailed from the United States.The conference was produced by BodyworkBiz (which provides marketing/business services to massage therapists) and jointly sponsored by the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, Canada's largest massage professional association; Stronglite, a massage equipment manufacturer; and Techspertise.com, a Web design/development company.
For the first time, chair massage practitioners were given a public forum to discuss the benefits of their work, as well as an opportunity to network and share ideas and insights on building their businesses and increasing the reach of massage through the use of the chair.
In explaining the structure of the conference, Eric Brown, BodyworkBiz director, said, "In an industry increasingly focused on the rehabilitative aspects of massage, chair massage has been largely undervalued. Many view it only as a backrub or just a relaxation massage. As a result, chair massage has remained an underutilized modality and has been used for the most part to promote clinical services.
"For the first time ever, the conference pulled together massage professionals who see chair massage not just as a tool, but as a calling. They understand the true value of chair massage in making massage accessible to the mainstream public. They appreciate the impact of taking massage out from behind closed doors and introducing millions of people who would never otherwise use massage to the incredible power of structured touch."
The theme of the conference was "Relaxation Matters." Canadian stress-management expert and keynote speaker, Eli Bay, outlined, in a very graphic way, the deleterious effects of stress, not only on individuals, but also on organizations and society. The underpinning of all stress is change, and individuals are faced with exponential increases in the rate of change. As a result, anxiety and depression have become the new epidemics of the 21st century. Conference organizers and presenters explained that as massage professionals, we are uniquely positioned to help society deal with those epidemics.
What was striking about the conference was the incredible diversity in the participants' backgrounds and in the way they use chair massage. Massage therapists with 3,000 hours of training sat beside practitioners with as little as 100 hours of training. They work in environments ranging from bars and golf clubs, to tradeshows and Fortune 500 companies. And despite their range of backgrounds and viewpoints, they were bound together by the goal of bringing massage to the masses through the use of chair massage.
Other highlights of the conference included:
While there is no plan to convene the conference on an annual basis, organizers are looking at the possibility of a biannual event. Recordings of the 2005 International Chair Massage Conference will be available online at www.bodyworkbiz.com.
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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