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The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
July, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 07
New Look, Same Purpose
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Change can be difficult. It can be hard to let something familiar go and embrace something new and different, especially when that something has become such a part of your routine. We hear from so many of you every month; more often than not, you call just to tell us what you have gleaned from Massage Today and what the publication means to your massage practice.You tell us how you look forward to receiving the publication every month to read what your favorite columnists have to say. We do not take this relationship for granted and we look forward to your feedback every month.
As you've undoubtedly noticed already, the publication has quite a different look this issue. The redesign of MT has been months in the making and we hope you enjoy the results. Our goal was to achieve a fresh, yet professional look, and I think we have done just that.
While the overall look has changed, all of your favorite voices are still here. A few things have moved to new spots; for example, the index has moved from page one to page four. The editor's commentary stays on this page; Cliff Korn will return next month to this very spot, sharing his thoughts on the profession. (He works hard for Massage Today all year, and believe it or not, he occasionally needs a break!)
Familiar voices who have been with Massage Today from the beginning, will continue to grace these pages. Other favorites will continue to share their knowledge and insights into the massage profession as well. You'll also see some new names and faces from time to time, as therapists from around the country share their expertise, techniques and thoughts regarding the state of massage and bodywork.
In our very first issue, back in January 2001, Cliff said, "As you will see in the coming years, Massage Today is really your publication. You'll find it addresses the diverse needs of the eclectic mix of issues that impact massage therapists." I think Cliff hit the nail on the head with that prediction. This is your publication, and MT will continue to present and discuss the myriad issues affecting this rapidly evolving profession.
Cliff also said he was "hoping to enable Massage Today to become a bridge empowering all our perspectives and a tool we can all use to meet our personal, professional and business goals." I think we have achieved his goal, as evidenced by how many of you tell us how you use the publication to help meet your life's goals. We couldn't predict the future back in 2001, but I think we have adhered to the principles we established at the start, and I am confident we will continue to grow and change as the profession grows and changes.
While this issue of MT reflects a new look and feel, our purpose remains unchanged. Cliff and I look forward to your continuing feedback and participation.
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