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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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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