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Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist, and invested money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education, and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer technique seminars to the massage therapy profession. Consider the wide range of available choices:
All Things Connected: An organization offering coaching services and seminars dedicated to helping massage therapists succeed in business, experience greater joy and satisfaction, as well as create a sense of community and support. We offer teleconference sessions led by professional coaches focused on the needs and interests of massage therapists. Topics covered range from business planning issues to financial integrity, marketing, new modalities and self-care. The schedule of sessions can be found online. Phone: 303-750-5458; E-mail: ; Web: www.thingsconnected.com.
AN-LMT: AN-LMT offers continuing education for massage therapists. The hot stone massage workshop presents hands-on learning of the most comprehensive, effective version of this incredible treatment. The spa treatment workshop teaches remarkably relaxing, nurturing wraps, scrubs and foot treatments, with or without the availability of a shower. Other classes offered at your location or ours. Phone: 800-774-1710; E-mail: .
Bayne Thomas Enterprises: Learn the lifeline technique and how to apply the lifeline principles in your life. Professionals benefit by integrating the lifeline technique into their practice. The lifeline technique is useful for professionals working in the realms of body, mind, spirit treatment and therapy. The technique is easy, powerful, and will help the practitioner quickly identify problem areas. Lifeline provides specific direction for healing remedies. Phone: 888-822-5613; Web: www.thelifelineonline.com.
Belavi Institute: Bellanina Institute offers seminars and home-study courses in the Belavi facelift massage technique for healing arts professionals, such as massage therapists, licensed estheticians and registered nurses. Additionally, the institute trains its graduates in a highly specialized five-day teacher program. Graduates of this program receive a great opportunity to teach their own facelift massage seminars. Phone: 800-belavi-4; Web: www.belavi.com.
British Sports Therapy: Soft-tissue release technique (also known as British sports therapy), created by Stuart Taws, is a unique injury treatment technique providing relief from pain in as little as one treatment. It is a specific compression while stretching. This coordinated movement is administered in a systematic manner, resulting in a profound opening effect on all microtrauma and scar tissue. Muscle memory is engaged and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 949-218-0364; Web: www.softtissuerelease.com.
Center for Pain Management: The cutting edge in orthopedic and medical massage training for the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries. Release complicated pain conditions immediately with permanent results. We now have elite-level instructors available to teach introductory orthopedic massage classes at your school, in addition to workshops, conventions and conferences. Phone: 800-643-5543; Web: www.orthomassage.net.
David Kent Seminars: All David Kent Seminars are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A. We also are approved by the State of Florida as a continuing education provider for licensed massage therapists (LMTs). Since 1993, David has been involved in providing gross anatomy dissection seminars to massage therapists at the University of South Florida. Phone: 888-574-5600; Web: www.davidkent.com.
Dr. Zee Lo Total Health Care Center: Presents more than 90 hours of CEU courses you can do at home (approved by the California board and the NCCAOM).These courses are done online or by mail order; we also offer technique seminars. This is convenient for practitioners who are too busy or don't want to waste money on traveling expenses or need their CEUs in a hurry. For more information, call Dr. Zee Lo. Phone: 415-412-9839; Web: www.ceuathome.com.
Freedom From Pain Institute: The Freedom From Pain Institute offers massage therapist education through a nationally accredited program. Use our distance learning program to learn the latest in deep-tissue massage and myoskeletal techniques - at your own pace from your home or office. Since 1998, Dalton's myoskeletal alignment techniques distance-learning program has demonstrated continual word-of-mouth success from happy massage therapists excited about adding new tools to their toolbox of touch. Phone: 800-709-5054; Web: www.erikdalton.com.
Health & Bodyworks: Learn from the first and original source of barefoot Swedish massage, using an overhead support system approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Study with the founder and her authorized team of highly skilled and committed instructors for the best one-on-one apprenticeship in the massage industry. Phone: 303-300-2511; Web: www.deepfeet.com.
Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides massage professionals with books, videos, charts and other materials for 35 convenient, affordable, Category "A" CE programs in massage technique and practice development. Nationally recognized experts teach these valuable online and home-study programs. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Call today for a free resource guide. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.com.
Integrated Energy Therapy: Integrated Energy Therapy offers intuitive energy healing classes. Students learn to identify and release suppressed emotional issues from the physical body, as well as the human energy field. CEUs are available for massage therapists. No experience necessary. Next IET training is Sept. 23, 24, & 25 on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. Participants receive all three levels of classes, plus full training materials. Phone: 208-265-3688; E-mail: .
Lake Tahoe Massage School: Lake Tahoe Massage School offers a solid foundation for the beginning therapist by combining kinesiology, anatomy & physiology, and hands-on theory and practice. Classes are designed to integrate kinesiology and A&P with hands-on application, allowing the student the opportunity to encompass all aspects of classroom learning while working on the body. Advanced programs are built upon students' basic foundation skills learned in previous classes. Phone: 530-544-1227; Web: www.laketahoemassageschool.com.
MFR Seminars: The myofascial release approach is easily learned so that you can utilize the techniques taught in class immediately upon returning to your practice. Our seminars are designed to be hands-on experiences. Discover how this truly unique approach can help you to develop the skills and confidence to provide consistent results for your patients, while revitalizing and adding fulfillment to your professional and personal life. Phone: 800-FASCIAL; Web: www.myofascialrelease.com.
Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy: The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy is the premier educational institution for massage therapists to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system. Taught by the finest and most experienced faculty in the field, students receive thorough and rigorous training in the Foeldi method of decongestive therapy, a therapeutic system regarded by the International Society of Lymphology as the gold standard for the treatment of lymphedema. Phone: 866-445-9674; Web: www.nortonschool.com.
Ohashiatsu Institute: In Japanese, Ohashi means "big bridge," and one of our goals is to create a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies toward healing. The mother school in New York and its affiliates use traditional Japanese decor to create a serene atmosphere in which to study. All instructors follow the same curriculum as the mother school, making it possible for students to follow the curriculum at several locations around the world. Phone: 800-810-4190; E-mail: ; Web: www.ohashiatsu.org.
Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy 32-Hour Certification: Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy was developed by Carole Osborne-Sheets. Move far beyond basic maternity massage adaptations. Learn over 80 advanced techniques that enhance pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women's comfort and health. Gain competency and confidence, and become a maternity massage therapy specialist. Carole and her instructors bring warmth, academic excellence, and three decades of somatic wisdom to these courses. CEU-approved by various agencies; scheduled worldwide. Phone: 800-586-8322/858-748-8827; Web: www.bodytherapyassociates.com.
Pro-Actif Spa Systems International: Pro-Actif Spa Systems is a continuing education program dedicated to the advancement of massage therapists and estheticians who want to work in the anti-aging, body-contouring end of the spa industry. Lypossage is widely used in the United States as an anti-aging, body-contouring treatment and as an adjunct to liposuction (and often instead of liposuction). Phone: 877-346-1156; E-mail: ; Web www.lypossage.net.
Ralph Stephens Seminars: Ralph Stephens, LMT, NCTMB, specializes in treating people with pain and injuries. A popular presenter at international, national, regional and state meetings. Don't miss any opportunity to study with this award-winning instructor in person at live seminars or by videotape programs. CEUs from Ralph's seminars are approved for NCBTMB, AMTA and Iowa renewals. For more information on live seminars, check out the seminar pages online. Phone: 888-570-9040; Web: www.ralphstephens.com.
Repetitive Use Injury: We offer continuing education seminars in the muscle release technique modality. The muscle release technique is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the muscle release technique, scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 303-674-7948; E-mail: ; Web: www.mrtherapy.com.
Soul Song: Soul Song is an educational institute offering training in a wide spectrum of alternative and complementary care techniques. Our president, Hallie Sawyers, is instructor for the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, N.Y., and an approved category A provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Services include classes, lectures and workshops in Reiki, therapeutic applications of essential oils, integrated energy therapy and the labyrinth. Phone: 585-967-0009; E-mail: ; Web: www.soulsong.com.
TH Stone Education & Product: TH Stone is a stone therapy product and educational source to the spa and wellness industry. We assist people in achieving their professional goals by offering innovative practical support through distance home-study courses, videos, DVDs, manuals, books and continuing education units and workshops. We also offer secure online shopping. Phone: 866-680-5149; E-mail: ; Web: www.thstone.com.
Barefoot Masters: Instructor Michelle Mace has been an LMT since 1993. Having done Ashiatsu work since 2001, she was trained by the founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, became an instructor and is one of less than a dozen instructors in the entire United States teaching Ashiatsu. Ashiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork, using the feet to give compression to the body instead of the hands. Phone: 239-352-8200; E-mail: ; Web: www.my2feet.com.
Upledger Institute, Inc.: The Upledger Institute is a health resource center dedicated to the advancement of complementary and innovative techniques. It is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services. Since 1985, patients and health care professionals have trusted our gentle therapies and benefited from our personalized solutions to better health. We offer classes throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, India, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. Phone: 800-233-5880; Web: www.upledger.com.
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