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5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
September, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 09
Newton’s Second Law: F = M x A
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
In previous articles, I have used Newton's Laws of Motion, specifically the first and third laws, as metaphors for how we can create positive change in our personal lives, our respective practices and the massage industry as a whole.During this year's Florida State Massage Therapy Association convention, people asked me when I was going to talk about Newton's second law. Well, as it happens, the timing couldn't be better, because we need to create ripples in our profession and that's what Newton's second law is all about.
To review, the first law states, "Every object [mass] in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it."1 An example I used in a previous article, "The Power of a Minute," states that if there is an area of your life or practice that is like a still pond, then you need to stir it up and create some ripples by throwing some stones in the water. You wish to change and an internal "force" must motivate you to action. Newton's third law of motion states, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."2 This concept I relate to cause and effect with the stones being the cause and the ripples being the effect.
Newton's second law relates to the behavior of an object when existing forces are unbalanced; it states that the acceleration or movement of an object is dependent upon two variables: the mass of the object and the net force acting upon the object.3 Essentially, F = Force; M = Mass; and A = Acceleration, which means F = M x A. Once again, this concept offers a perfect analogy for the massage industry, as it relates to one very important concept: research.
M = Mass
In the massage profession, mass stands for us, the massage therapists, the mass of the profession. And as a profession, our numbers (mass) are large. Just as we comprise a mass, there is an even larger mass of people desperate to learn more about the benefits of massage through research. Preliminary studies indicate that masses of people would benefit from receiving regular massage therapy. In fact, there are plenty of people out there getting massage and not disclosing it to their medical providers because the medical profession still has not fully embraced massage as an adjunct to health care; this is, in part, because research remains in short supply.
We see daily the life-changing results massage has on our patients. But we need more industry research to validate our knowledge and draw even more of the masses to massage. While we're certainly making progress in the field of massage research, we would definitely benefit from additional research. There are many other professions with far fewer people, yet whose research base is more widely encompassing than that of the massage industry. If industries with a smaller number of professionals can produce a steady flow of research, then we in the massage industry - a profession large in number - also should be able to produce a more influential research base.
A = Acceleration
Acceleration equals movement, or action. In this case, we need to accelerate our efforts in the area of research. But acceleration only occurs when we take action. So how can we as therapists help accelerate massage research efforts? To begin, the acceleration of research is funded by the burning of fuel, which we call money. Research requires money - and lots of it. This is where our actions come into play.
Philanthropy - According to the Encarta World English Dictionary, the word philanthropic is defined as: 1) Showing kindness, charitable concern and generosity toward other people; 2) Devoted to helping other people, especially through giving charitable aid.4
You don't have to be a Rockefeller to be a philanthropist. In fact, it doesn't take much more than a creative mind and some ingenuity. Here are some ideas.
At the upcoming American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention in Cincinnati, I will be encouraging conference attendees and exhibitors to stop by the "Sanctuary," where attendees can pay to receive an energizing massage with the proceeds donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation to promote massage research.
Encourage your patients to purchase a "gift certificate" for research. You will then mail the money to the foundation or any other institution that supports massage research.
Host a massage benefit at your clinic or spa, with proceeds going to support massage research.
Recruit participants through your local massage association chapter or partner with others in the community such as hospitals or community service centers.
Donate personal time and/or resources for the benefit of research. At the upcoming AMTA convention, I will be partnering with Hygenic/ Performance Health and Massage Warehouse, a Scrip company. Together, we are offering 50 packages called "Massage Therapy Research Special." This includes one of my home study programs with a photo manual, a Biofreeze masters package and all proceeds will be donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation. Only 50 packages are available so stop by the Massage Warehouse booth to pick up your package.
Playing on a phrase from President John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your Massage Therapy Profession can do for you ... Ask what you can do for your Massage Therapy Profession." The more money we raise as philanthropists, the more fuel we have and the more action we take. These efforts produce a greater force for massage industry research so the benefits of massage are understood and delivered to those in need.
F = Force
The action of raising money produces the acceleration of massage research and that is dependent upon our mass as an industry and the amount of force we use to create movement. We need our mass to bring about acceleration - to take action. Massage certainly is a force to be reckoned with because it has the ability to increase one's health and quality of life; it also has the ability to decrease one's dependence on pain killers and prescription drugs, as well as traditional health care in general.
One such force in the industry is Dr. Tiffany Field with the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. Dr. Field has dedicated her career to studying the effects of touch therapy and has subsequently accelerated research in the industry with powerful results. Over the years, Dr. Field's research has discovered that massage "facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, enhances attentiveness, alleviates depressive symptoms, reduces pain, reduces stress hormones and improves immune function."5
But we need even more research and we aren't fueling it with money fast enough; therefore, we need to create a bigger force that influences greater change. Remember, an object in motion can either bounce off of or penetrate another object depending on the forces placed upon it. As a profession, we need to penetrate the greater world of health care through more forceful massage research.
A Little Bit More About Force: The Butterfly Effect
The so-called Butterfly Effect "is the propensity of a system to be sensitive to initial conditions...this idea gave rise to the notion of a butterfly flapping its wings in one area of the world, causing a tornado or some such weather event to occur in another remote area of the world."6 It doesn't take much for a mass to create a force that causes acceleration. Imagine the possibilities of what could happen if every one of us in the profession flapped our wings in an organized fashion with our time, money and resources. We would have a profound effect on generating additional massage therapy research, as well as educating the world-at-large about the wide-reaching benefits of massage.
It's time for us to apply Newton's second law and become a stronger force in health care. The massage industry must Accelerate the funding to create a Mass of research that will validate and generate the powerful Force we already know massage therapy possesses. Then health care will understand, support and encourage the use of massage therapy.
I'd love to hear your ideas for taking action to bring about positive change. Drop me a line at or visit www.kenthealth.com for more ideas.
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