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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
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!
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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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