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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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!
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.
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
More Consumers Discovering the Benefits of Massage Therapy
Latest AMTA Survey Provides Food for Thought
By Editorial Staff
In releasing its 9th Annual Consumer Survey, the American Massage Therapy Association uncovered some important new gains in the massage therapy profession:1.The popularity and use of massage increased; 2. For the first time in the history of the AMTA Consumer Surveys, massage tied with medication as the preferred form of pain relief among respondents; and 3. More men are receiving massage than in years past. The survey was conducted from Aug. 11 -14, 2005, by Opinion Research Corporation International in Princeton, N.J., and included a national probability sample of 1,014 adults (506 men and 508 women) ages 18 and older who live in private households in the United States.
The popularity of massage grew as two million more people received a massage this year over last year, and approximately 47 million people (more than one in five adults surveyed) received a massage in the past 12 months. A healthy 90 percent of those polled believe massage can be beneficial to your health, with 94 percent of 18- to 24-year olds agreeing with that statement. The use of massage among older Americans tripled since 1997, increasing from 4 percent of those 65 and older using massage to 15 percent in 2005. Consumer confidence in massage therapy increased as well, as 73 percent of respondents would recommend massage to someone they know (an 8 point jump from a year ago).
Twenty-eight percent of those who responded, ranked medication and massage as the form of treatment that brought them the greatest pain relief, with nearly 46 percent of those polled having had a massage at some time to relieve pain. Of the 18 to 34 age group, more than half have had a massage for the relief of pain. And 93 percent of those surveyed agree with the statement that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain. Fifteen percent of respondents said therapy for an injury would motivate more people to have regular massages, while 24 percent said a discount would be greater motivation.
The survey also shows increases in the numbers of healthcare providers promoting the benefits of massage therapy. Sixty percent of those polled said a physician recommended massage therapy to them, while 50 percent were referred by a physical therapist and 38 percent by a chiropractor. Twenty one percent of those surveyed said they discussed massage with their physician or other healthcare provider, up 14 percent from 2002.
More men are discovering the benefits of massage therapy as the total number of men receiving massage within the past year increased 3 percentage points. Seventeen percent of those polled received a massage in the past 12 months, an increase of 14 percent over last year.
"Along with massage therapy's continued popularity for relaxation and stress relief, this year's survey findings show higher numbers of consumers turning to massage therapy for pain relief than we've ever seen before," said Mary Beth Braun, AMTA president. "We continue to see that physicians and pain management experts find massage to be effective in relieving pain. And, consumers are continuing to see the health benefits of including massage therapy in their regular health regimen. This year's survey only reinforces the confidence people have in massage."
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