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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
From the Editor's Desk: Professional Travel
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It felt odd last month to miss submitting an editorial, even though it provided Rebecca Razo with an opportunity to get her ideas expressed in Massage Today. It feels even odder knowing that she has now moved on from her managing editor position with Massage Today to another editing opportunity.I know how much she will be missed by those of you who interacted with her over the past several years. I know that I will certainly miss her, as she did most of the work that you all gave me credit for doing! I also know that Kathryn Feather, who has been hired to replace Rebecca, will learn quickly and that America's most-read massage trade publication will still get to you without missing a beat.
Perhaps it's because I hail from New Hampshire, a state best known for its winter sports opportunities and snowy scenery, that I love summer so much. It's hard to drag me out of the state in the summer because I hate to miss any of the glorious weather. As a matter of fact, I am writing this on my laptop, sitting on the coast. As I look up from my chair, I see children scampering on the seaweed-covered rocks on the shore. Farther out, I see powerboats and sailboats jauntily passing the picturesque lighthouse. The occasional screech of a seagull comes from the blue sky with cirrus clouds overhead. As I said, it's hard to drag me away in the summer!
Since you last heard from me though, I have actually made two trips out of New England. I attended a chair massage conference in Toronto (see article on front page) and the annual convention of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) in Boca Raton, Florida. As much as I love being here, both events were well-worth the time away!
I think the FSMTA convention is one of my favorite annual events. It certainly is the most largely attended massage event in the United States. I've mentioned before in my editorials how much I enjoy attending conferences and conventions, and how important I think they are to practitioners and the profession. While most allow you to share experiences with hundreds of your peers, the FSMTA convention allows you to share those experiences with thousands of your peers! It's at least three times as large as most state or regional conferences/conventions, and therefore draws the best presenters for continuing education on a national scale. This year was certainly no exception, with names such as Bruno and Alaya Chikly, Erik Dalton, David Kent, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Tom Myers and James Waslaski conducting continuing education workshops. At least 10 workshops were held concurrently, so the choices were many and varied, to meet the interests and needs of all attendees.
Continuing education was not the only activity of note. A concurrent trade show, featuring more than 60 companies and organizations that supply or serve the massage field, filled the exhibit hall with interesting products, information and educational offerings. Since this is such a large event, new products are rolled out routinely here. I overheard several excited discussions from groups of therapists speculating on additional uses for a new massager that allows a practitioner to work over clothing with the effectiveness normally available only on lubricated skin. Several of the exhibitors added microphoned presenters to their booths to demonstrate how particular products could be most effectively used by practitioners. I saw this trend with vendors marketing spa products, topical analgesics, massage tables and chairs, and therapeutic taping. The exhibit hall was the place to meet others and socialize.
One of the convention highlights for me was hearing the keynote speech by Rolf Elmstrom. From Sweden, Rolf is a former electronic engineer who changed his career in the early 80s, becoming a chiropractor and then a teacher at the Axelsons Institute in Stockholm. Axelsons is the largest and most renowned school for manual medicine and touch therapies in Scandinavia, with more than 6,000 students every year. Rolf spoke to attendees about "Peaceful Touch," a program designed to get schoolchildren to use safe touch to help each other. When asked about the program, he said, "It was heartening that so many people showed great interest in our Peaceful Touch program. We really, really hope that it can get going in the States as well. The children need to be touched; it is one of our most basic needs. I hate to see us, grown up, creating laws and regulation so that touch no longer can be natural. I strongly think that this needs to be changed; otherwise the entire society will regret that sooner or later."
Mike McGillicuddy, FSMTA president, is determined to assist in spreading this program throughout the United States. I am hoping in the very near future to write more about the Peaceful Touch program and its implications, as well as its chances for success here in the United States.
Professional travel for me usually involves a conference, convention or symposium. I highly recommend these events to all massage therapists. I know of no other venues that provide as much "bang for the buck," as much fun, as much socializing with peers and as much actual professional growth. If you can't afford the time or the money to register for an entire conference, at least try to get to a trade show associated with one of the conferences. It's all tax deductible! If you aren't sure how to find out about a conference near you, most advertise in Massage Today. Check with your national or state professional associations. I am familiar with several outstanding events in addition to the FSMTA convention: The American Massage Therapy Association holds an annual convention in a different location throughout the United States each year; the California Massage Therapy Association holds an annual conference that alternates between northern and southern California; the AMTA New England Regional Conference is held each March in Massachusetts; and the Worlds of Wellness Advanced Integrated Care Conference is held in late fall each year for the mid-Atlantic region. There are many more, so keep looking until you find one that suits your particular needs.
Enough for now ... the sun is high, the spinnakers are billowing, and I think I smell burgers and hot dogs on the grill. Isn't summer grand?
Thanks for listening!
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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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