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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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Massage in the Mainstream
Appearing on the Today Show and available in workplaces across America, massage is now an affordable and available option.
By Julie Engebretson
Not that long ago, massage was considered a luxury for the rich and famous enjoying expensive vacations at far-away resorts.We might read about these sometimes exotic treatments in magazines and vacation brochures, but getting a massage ourselves wouldn't necessarily be considered a realistic option. What a difference a few years can make. Take a look around and you might notice that massage has, without a doubt, entered the mainstream. Massage therapists have set up thriving businesses in malls, airports, day spas, hotels, salons, athletic clubs, as well as private practices. And national media outlets like NBC's Today Show are picking up the trend and spreading the word about the benefits of massage.
The number of massage therapists currently practicing in the U.S. has grown to more than 160,000, according to a study done by the American Massage Therapy Association. Professional sports teams and weekend warriors alike are also coming to appreciate the benefits that massage therapy can provide, such as quicker recovery time from injury. Even if those referred to massage therapists due to an injury are discounted, there is still a noticeable increase in public awareness.
In addition to health insurance, stock options and paid vacation, companies are looking for new and more relaxing ways to stay competitive in the cut-throat world of big business and have found that offering massage treatments to employees is a great perk. As featured on the Today Show June 8, many organizations, including one West Coast marketing agency in particular, now encourage their employees to break from the daily grind for regular massages.
Once seen as merely an upper-class extravagance, massage therapy continues to move into the mainstream; and more businesses are offering massage to help retain employees in a market where they might easily leave their job to work for a competitor. According to the AMTA survey, between 1997 and 2000, the percentage of adults visiting a massage therapist doubled to 16 percent.
"We have to do whatever we can to keep our employees happy. There's a lot of competition right now in our industry," said Tracy Cote, head of human resources at San Francisco-based Organic, Inc. "There's been an upswing in the market in the past 12 months. Business is better for us, but business is also better for our competitors," she said. "It's all about recruiting and retaining." Organic, Inc., began by offering on-site massage to employees once a month, but, due to demand, frequency was increased to twice per month. Now, demand is so high, Organic is considering offering massage on a weekly basis.
It's no mystery why businesses like Organic, Inc., are wising up to the benefits of massage therapy. Research shows that massage can lower stress, tension and fatigue. A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience showed that those who received massage were more alert and calculated math problems more quickly and accurately than those who did not receive therapy. From an employer's standpoint, work-related stress undoubtedly limits job satisfaction among employees, contributing to increased turnover. But, if a company can do anything to maintain or even improve the health of an employee, he or she is certain to miss fewer days of work due to illness, keeping productivity high and potentially contributing to lower employer-paid health care premiums. The benefits of substituting a cigarette break with a 20-minute massage would be immeasurable.
In addition to the corporate exposure to massage, hotels and independent day spas continue to expand their spa options. One emerging trend seems to be an expansion of existing spa offerings, possibly including local ingredients into treatment options. People enjoying these spa vacations might seek out similar services in their area once they return home, which brings up the growing home spa industry with its various devices, oils, lotions and incense.
We are indeed a nation on the go! And it seems more Americans headed to the mall, airport or athletic club are looking to stay healthy, relieve stress and relax by making an appointment for a massage.
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