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Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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 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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
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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