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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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
We Get Letters and E-mail
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 regular mail to:
Return of the Rub Club
I wish I had read your article a year ago ("Rub Club Creator Rubs Wrong Way," August 2004: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html). I just got out of a bad situation with a chiropractor here in town doing the Rub Club. I lived on about $150-$200 a week for one year. I kept thinking it would get better. This man has no business sense, no idea how to advertise, no idea how to deal with other people. Oh, he is good to his clients, but last week I went in to get my pay and he said it would be the last check. The contract was not up yet. Anyway, long story short, I am glad to be rid of him. But he has done some rather unethical things since that day. I guess my point is: Thanks for getting the word out. Maybe others won't have to deal with what I have.
Response to the July 2005 Massage Poll
I am rather embarrassed to be one to the 63.9% who are not involved in any political process regarding massage therapy. Now that I think of it, that may not be correct, as I do advocate changes/updates to the city's ordinances where I practice and have undertaken policing the Yellow Pages in my metro area, often in vain attempts to keep nontherapeutic ads out of the massage heading of the phone book.
I actually am quite intrigued and rather interested in the article which I believe prompted your poll question for this issue. I will be following the evolution of the New Organization closely. [Editor's note: Read "New Organization Formed to Benefit Massage Therapy," July 2005 issue: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/01.html.] I believe it is doable and that could/would help to unify our profession. While there are numerous issues to address undertaking something of this scope, I believe addressing reciprocity would be greatly appreciated and perhaps better accepted if done in the right manner.
Thank you for bringing this news to us. I enjoy reading your publication both online and when the hard copy arrives. I share it with the therapists who work with me.
Look forward to more on the new organization.
More Hours in Anatomy and Physiology
Let me start by saying that I am a chiropractic physician and have employed massage therapists as employees, independent contractors and as leasors of space, depending upon the therapist's desire. As a health care professional, I demand and expect a very high level of competency and proficiency in another when I entrust my patients' care to them. I expect that this professional can accomplish what is asked of them and understand the terminology and reasoning behind what is being asked of them. I would not tolerate for one second having to dumb down my instructions to a layman's level.
For example, if I wanted the quatratus lumborum, piriformis and obturator internis stripped from origin to insertion dynamically, that is all the instruction I should have to give to this professional therapist. I should not have to break it down any further, show them on a chart or their own body where these tissues are and explain origin and insertion to them. Nor should I have to be concerned about the therapist damaging the nerve and vascular tissues in the area because a complete knowledge of these tissues should be possessed by this professional. Nor would I tolerate a therapist who did what they "felt" was the right thing to do after having been instructed. The professional should discuss with the referring party their ideas or "feelings" about the treatment, but ultimately the decision is for the one in charge of the care. I personally would never refer my patients to a therapist who has not had extensive A and P training or time in a cadaver lab. Only one of the schools in my area provides this level of education and graduates from this school are the only ones I will entrust my patients to. If I cannot find this level of competency and proficiency in a therapist, then I do the work myself, because yes, I was trained in it in my college and CEUs. So, as far as my humble opinion goes - yes, more hours in anatomy and physiology, please.
Rick L. Curtis
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