resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.)
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
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.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.