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ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
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.
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.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
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.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
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.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
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.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
A Return on Your Investment
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
In case you haven't noticed, massage therapy isn't a high paying profession. While it's one of the very best ways I can think of to make a living, the sheer work involved in establishing a viable practice, the physical limits on how many clients can be seen in a day and the economic variables of what can be charged per session, all combine to make darn few six-figure-earners in massage therapy.Because of that, we attract many into our profession who are motivated less by money than by the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Because we are richer in skills and capabilities than we are in dollars, it's important for us to squeeze every bit of value out of the investments we make in our businesses.
It was with particular delight that I made an investment of my time and money to attend the annual convention of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. The FSMTA runs what is, in my opinion, the biggest and best educational and networking opportunity for massage therapists in the country.
I've mentioned the benefits of attending conferences and conventions for massage therapists many times in this editorial space. The FSMTA's offering in this arena certainly is one others can emulate. As I see it, there really are four separate areas of interest in a venue of this size: continuing education, the exhibit hall, business networking and vacation.
The continuing education component is the one that makes it possible for massage therapists to attend and expense it to their businesses. I have never seen any other organization do as good a job of bringing a diverse and useful collection of educational opportunities to attendees. They even provided one session designed specifically for new therapists to give them the business and mindset tools necessary to grow into their new profession quickly. Billed as the "Successful Start Program," more than 400 individuals learned how to promote their practice from some of the most successful businesses in the massage industry. In addition, the experienced therapists attending this convention had three full days of educational opportunities broken into 48 distinct workshop sessions to choose from, taught by 22 of the country's top presenters. It doesn't get better than this.
The exhibit hall was a trade show conducted by more than 6o of the industry's major companies. Equipment manufacturers, continuing education providers, suppliers, media companies and others providing service and support to massage therapists were all located in one place and available to answer questions about what is new and different in the industry and how they can help you become more successful.
Being in a situation where you can't turn around without tripping over another massage therapist makes it easy to network. I love getting into discussions with my peers about practice issues. The in-depth discussions over lunch or dinner and the quickie exchanges in the elevator were all helpful. The opportunity to discover what is coming up in the profession and plan for future time and money investments based upon the experiences of others is invaluable.
The fourth area of interest is one rarely discussed, but very underrated. The FSMTA tends to hold its conventions at wonderful resort locations. This year it was at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, a luxury resort hotel only a short drive from all the Orlando attractions. I believe many attendees and their families found this resort to be a perfect vacation spot and used the opportunity to combine a business event with personal rest and relaxation. One of my highlights was drifting along in the 850-foot, winding lazy river making its way throughout the pool area. The fact that convention attendees were able to take advantage of a luxury resort at room rates more closely associated with mid-range motels makes this type of dual-purpose event a no-brainer. The fact that a needed vacation is possible in combination with deductible business expenses takes some of the sting out of lost income from being away from your practice.
I enjoyed having discussions with a representative of one of the newer support people in the industry. A business coach, she was learning more about the massage profession so she could better help practitioners and business owners plan and execute effective business plans. I think it is indicative of the great progress we have made in the last 10 to 15 years that we can now support (and need) these ancillary businesses other industries have taken for granted for so long. I think the emerging increase in practice-building seminars coupled with coaches and business-development resources speaks well for where we are as a profession.
So, to me, this was not just a business expense, but an event in which I received a good return on my investment. I was able to recognize my friend and Massage Today sports massage columnist, Michael McGillicuddy, as he passed the gavel after four years of service as association president; I was able to share a golf cart with a long-time friend I rarely see; I learned something completely new to help my clients by completing a workshop in Kinesio taping; I renewed professional contacts and met new people who help me remain current on what is happening in our profession; I enjoyed dinner and a glass of wine with some life-long friends I first met professionally; and I came back to my practice with new capabilities and renewed "heart." I don't know how you can expect success without investment, and I think the very best investment is made in one's self.
Thanks for listening.
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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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