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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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