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Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
What Does Success Mean to You?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I recently celebrated an anniversary. In November 1979, I had my first professional massage in Lisbon, Portugal. That experience was the beginning of a cascading series of events. I've been fascinated by and enjoying the myriad benefits of massage therapy for the past 26 years, and I wish I had started sooner.For the past 14 years, I've been pursuing massage therapy as a career choice, as well as hopping on as many tables as I can. My practice is a good one and has been flourishing almost from the start, so I think I'm pretty credible in conversing with others about success.
I'm in the middle of preparing to moderate a panel discussion on "Success Strategies for Massage Therapists." Members of the panel are all people whom I consider extremely successful and should have much to share with the audience. I'm excited about the panel and hope the massage therapists in attendance get a lot of thought-provoking material to ponder in their own quests for success. In my preparatory research, I've uncovered several things worth sharing.
I like beginning projects with defining the parts, so in dealing with success strategies, I begin with baseline meanings. Success in a business, a relationship or a life is an extremely personal thing. We all have our own yardsticks with which to measure it. For generalities, though, I use a trusty dictionary. Success is defined as the achievement of something planned or attempted. This tells me success is the result of an action or series of actions. Strategy is defined as a plan, method or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal or result. Thus, strategies are the roadmaps that get us to the success result. The defined antonym of success is failure.
For the purposes of my discussion, success is not just the opposite of failure. I think the very use of the word failure hinders the achievement of success. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying failure is always a bad thing - but the timing of failure is critical! When exceptionally successful people begin a new venture, they frequently try to fail as many times as possible at the very beginning so they uncover all the ways not to proceed. They keep trying to fail even as they begin to make progress, just so that they can determine if there are even better ways to reach their desired ends. For those of us who don't fall into the "exceptionally successful" category, I suggest we get rid of the negative aspects that present themselves with use of the word failure. Let's replace it with the word feedback, which allows us to gather all the information we need to travel the road toward our own desired ends.
So, what do you think makes a massage therapist successful? Clients? Money? Respect of peers? Notoriety? Referrals? Feelings of personal worth? Helping others? How do you obtain those things you think make you successful? Do you have goals? Are they written down? (Unwritten goals really are just wishes!) How strong is your work ethic? Do you regularly ask your clients to rebook before leaving your treatment room? Do you regularly ask them to refer their friends and relatives? Do you regularly ask your doctor/baker/candlestick maker to refer their friends and relatives? Do you truly focus on your clients and try to exceed their expectations? Do you continually learn about the body and the skill sets you can use to affect it? Do you dwell on the positive and throw away words such as if, but, can't and other negatives. Do you befriend others whom you see as successful (even if they don't see themselves that way - remember, success is personal)? Do you smile and say thank you a lot? Do you meet each client confident in your own worth and skill and entitlement to be well-compensated?
I was pleased to see that Southwest Airline's November 2006 in-flight magazine, Spirit, featured an article under the business section that dealt with massage therapy. (Unfortunately, it was titled "There's the Rub.") It was a pretty good overview of the prolific nature of our profession and reviewed several different visions of professional success in massage therapy. It gave readers insight into the advent of chair massage and a new endeavor to make chair massage a branded venture. It covered the growth of massage in airports, malls, convention halls, office buildings and other places in everyday life. Perhaps, most importantly, the article made clear, "Once a specialized therapy for injured athletes, an indulgence for the idle rich, or a thinly veiled euphemism for prostitution, massage has become a popular, legitimate and seemingly ubiquitous enterprise."
I'm hoping that in the success strategies panel discussion, we are able to get many to better define their own visions of success and uncover new or better ways to obtain those visions. Wish me well in facilitating that outcome! I wish that all of Massage Today's readers could participate in that discussion, since I see our profession as less confident in our skills and abilities that many others. We are worth it!
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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