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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
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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