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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
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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