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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Going the Distance
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Several years ago, I wrote an editorial about my experiences as a massage therapist at the Boston Marathon. (Click here to view this article.) This year, I was fortunate to again be invited to provide sports massage to the John Hancock Elite Athletes at the 111th Boston Marathon.The Boston Marathon has run since 1897, becoming the world's oldest annually contested marathon. In terms of on-site media coverage, the Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world. More than 1,300 media members representing more than 250 outlets, requested and received media credentials in 2007.
The Boston Marathon is organized each year by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Among the nation's oldest athletic clubs, the BAA was established in 1887, and in 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic team at the first modern games was comprised of BAA club members. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon. A notable feature that deserves more advancement is the Boston Marathon Charity Program, which enables selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes. This year, approximately 1,230 participants, representing 21 charities, were expected to raise more than $9 million.
Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services. Each year, John Hancock recruits approximately 30 of the world's top distance runners and brings these elite athletes to Boston for the marathon. They stay in the Elite Athletes Village set up at the John Hancock Conference Center. This year the elite runners came from Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. It is this Elite Athletes Program that contracts the services of experienced massage therapists who eat and work in the Athlete's Village to assist the runners.
Even though this year's Boston Marathon was run in dismal weather with rain, cold and high winds hampering runners and spectators alike, 20,348 souls persevered and pushed on to complete the 26 miles, 385 yards that constitute a modern marathon. The elite athletes seemed less affected than the rest of the runners, but the conditions kept them from flirting with course or personal records. Many with whom I spoke had extremely long flights to get here, some in excess of 15 hours, not including extended layover times. Adding the nasty weather conditions, tired athletes and the innate difficulty of the Boston Marathon course all together, I like to think the skilled sports massage provided made a difference in their ability to effectively compete.
I asked one of the Kenyan runners on my table if he included massage therapy in his training regimen at home. He indicated that he did, but was quite adamant in his portrayal that it was "not of the same high quality" as he received in the Elite Athletes Village. That statement certainly made me feel good!
In my previous article, I stated: "I found one great similarity in the running elite - they all felt like filet mignon under my hands. The incredible muscle tone and conditioned bodies coupled with the intensity of their desire to excel made the work doubly enjoyable." Nothing has changed since I first made that observation - elite athletes have incredible bodies! Working with some of the runners destined to be in contention to win makes watching the race a lot more interesting. Watching someone who has been on your table break the tape at the finish line is a very exciting moment. Seeing one of "my" runners enter the Elite Recovery Area at the end of the race, wearing the laurel wreath of a Boston Marathon winner, is even more exciting and impossible to forget. He ended up again on my table for post-event care, and one of my tasks was to remove the "chip" tied to his shoelaces that is used to record official times. I ended up having to cut the laces to remove the chip since he had more knots tied in his laces than there are miles in a marathon! After four or so minutes of gentle compression, jostling and light stretching, he was hopping into dry clothes and off to meet the press. I am constantly amazed that elite marathoners can expend as much energy as they do, and have enough left over for partying after the race. That night, most of the elites were on the dance floor!
We are members of a most amazing profession. Personally, I have difficulty understanding massage therapists who say they are "burned-out." In the course of only a few days, I am able to work with men and women of all ages, performing various massage services such as a relaxation massage, perhaps a body wrap; assist clients through episodes of chronic neck, shoulder or back pain; help a woman regain comfort with maternity massage; and release a frozen shoulder. Then I get to drive to Boston to help enhance the performance of some of the world's most skilled distance runners. And I'm paid for it all! It doesn't get much better than this!
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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