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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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
AMTWP Meets in Banff
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners (AMTWP) recently held its Annual National Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. While the business issues of a Canadian professional association might not be of foremost interest to Massage Today's primarily U.S.readership, the news of the individuals involved is of universal interest.
Most conventions follow a similar pattern of including a combination of business meetings, continuing education opportunities and social and networking time. The AMTWP convention was no different in this respect. A keynote presentation had been scheduled featuring Drs. John and Lisa Upledger in a Clinical Symposium, enabling observers to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of CranioSacral Therapy.
Hurricane Wilma made it impossible for the Upledgers to travel from Florida to Alberta, however, leaving the potential for a large program void for the AMTWP.
Upledger Institute instructor Don Ash, PT, CST-D was arriving in Banff, as he was scheduled to teach several workshops at the conference, when he was asked to fill in as the keynote presenter. I'm sure Massage Today readers can appreciate the magnitude of being asked to undertake such a thing without prior preparation. When later queried by Massage Today about the experience, Ash replied, "I found out that Dr. John was not going to be at the conference on Thursday morning after arriving from some 12 hours of traveling. My wife and I arrived at 1 a.m. The call came at 8:30 that morning asking me to do the keynote presentation. I had done regional conferences in the past, but no national venues, so to be asked to do the keynote event was, to say the least, daunting. So, with trepidation and the theme" 'Face Your Fears, Don!' I did it!" The standing ovation he received is testimony to the job he did.
Another personal interest story is of even greater interest though. In most organizations with volunteer boards of directors, the staff is the constant that brings continuity over time, while the elected volunteer leadership rotates through, keeping the organization filled with fresh ideas and current viewpoints. In its history, the AMTWP has seen something very different. The outgoing AMTWP President, Melanie Hayden, had been a vital component of the Association as a board member for more than eight years and had served as its President for six-and-a-half years. In that same time, there had been significant staff turnover, creating almost a mirror image of the typical association. Coleen MacDougal, CAE, AMTWP Executive Director, was quick to point out to Massage Today that while it might have been unusual for a volunteer leader to serve for such an extended period of time, the service of AMTWP's President had been of immeasurable help with consistency of leadership throughout a period of significant growth and challenge. She gave her opinion that it allowed the organization to grow much more quickly.
Melanie Hayden is well known and her impact has been felt throughout the U.S. as well as Canada. In her time on the AMTWP board, she has played a key role in some very lasting contributions including creating the AMTWP Annual Conference, developing an association sponsorship program, establishing a volunteer recognition program and initiating an annual Outstanding Volunteer Award and a President's Award. In association with others on her board, she also has been instrumental in the development of regulatory language for massage therapy that has a likelihood of becoming a model for those looking to implement best practice legislation, not only throughout Canada, but also in the United States. Melanie has been tireless in the development and building of relationships with allied organizations and stakeholders that have enabled her organization to become highly recognized as a leader in the CAM professions.
The Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners is a Canadian national professional association serving the diverse needs of Complimentary and Alternative Healthcare Practitioners throughout Canada. Since its inception in 1988, it had grown to become one of Canada's largest voluntary professional associations with over 5500 members.
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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