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Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
It's All About Me!
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Being editor of Massage Today is not without perquisites. I get to do lots of fun things! I get to talk to most of the real "movers and shakers" in the world of integrated health.I socialize, banter (and even argue) with the leaders of the massage therapy profession. I regularly hear from those who support, or wish to support our profession, and enjoy experiencing all these activities through the filter of being a professional massage therapist. I recently was fortunate to participate in a golf tournament held by Scrip Massage and Spa Supply. I flew to Peoria, Ill., to join a massage team in the tournament. I was joined by Massage Today contributors/columnists Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Steve Capellini and Mike McGillicuddy. While our intentions were pure and our efforts unsurpassed, our incredible lack of skill led us to earn last place in the tournament. But, there's more to life than golf.
One of the highlights of my trip to Peoria was a tour of the Scrip facility. Scrip's President, Rob Cooper, explained the functions and operations of each of the departments as we walked. I particularly was taken by the warehouse loaded floor-to-ceiling with products waiting to be picked and shipped to consumers, as the shear volume of products was most impressive. As we were returning from the warehouse floor, it came to me that I was seeing more than just another man's business - I was seeing a business that was there for me. More than 70 people in this facility alone were toiling each workday; earning paychecks, supporting their families and communities - all for me! All those warehouse men selecting and shipping orders, customer service reps taking orders, customer care reps explaining how to use products, business infrastructure personnel like accounting, information technology, marketing - all there for me! (Of course this is a "group me" that includes all of us who perform massage.)
Shortly after my trip to Peoria, I was in Albuquerque, N.M., to attend the Annual Convention of the American Massage Therapy Association. My revelation about businesses being there for me was enhanced as I walked through the trade show that included more than 140 exhibitors. All of them were there for me! Just think about that - 140 business entities gathered in one location and dedicated to seeing to it that my business needs are met. Wandering up and down the trade show aisles made me proud to be a massage therapist. Booth after booth of educators, table and chair manufacturers, purveyors of attire, essential oils, skin lubricants, table warmers, nutritional products, books and professional publications, ancillary massage tools, business software and more were all there for me!
One thing that invariably makes me sad is hearing an otherwise talented, heart-centered, effective person in society say that they are "only a massage therapist." "Only" is a very poor choice of words to describe a massage therapist. An entire industry is thriving because you and I are massage therapists. While some percentage of those 140 businesses in Albuquerque were national in scope, many were there because it was convenient for them to get to Albuquerque. Nationwide there literally are thousands of local, regional and national businesses there just to support me! These businesses not only want me to have the best products and tools to do my job, they want to help me to whatever extent possible to do my job better! Their success is dependant on mine. They want me to succeed. They need me to succeed! As much as I am there for my clients, these businesses are there for me.
You and I are very special people. Not only do our clients recognize our skills as important parts of their lives, and not only do our families and friends count on us for financial and social support, but all these businesses also recognize us as crucial to their ability to sustain growth. We get great benefits from all of them. These are perquisites that we all share.
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters related to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to:
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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