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Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to .
Never Forget Why You Became a Massage Therapist
This is in reply to a letter in your May 2008 issue written by John B. Frederick, in reply to an article by Ralph Stevens. I hardly ever write in response to letters to the editor, but Mr. Frederick's letter was such I felt obligated to all those dedicated and caring massage therapists and educators who care about their clients. I will answer him point by point.
First, Mr. Frederick claims 90 percent of all massage therapists who walk through massage therapy school have no business being there. I would like to know where Mr. Frederick gets his numbers. I have taught and hold to the highest standards every student in my multiple classes and have never seen numbers like that. It is true there are many individuals who sign up, but they are soon weeded out by either their dedicated instructors or by their unwillingness to work hard and meet the grade.
Second, Mr. Frederick states schools do not weed out those who are not "born" to be massage therapists. Can Mr. Frederick please tell me how you can "weed out" potential therapists during a one- to two-hour interview process? It is a school's curriculum and the knowledge and experience of their passionate instructors that forces a student to either make the grade or not. If the school curriculum is strong enough and the instructors are observant enough, those who are not born for this work will not "cut it" and those who are, will. I'm not saying every school holds these same values, but I know for a fact and from experience that many do. By the way, the hamstrings are three muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Did you know if I was right without looking it up? How about the origins, insertions and actions?
You talk about results. Can you explain the results you are talking about? There are many specialties involved in the practice of massage therapy. Each is result-oriented, but those expected results are different, for example:
Finally, and the main reason for this letter, Mr. Frederick states 95 percent of everything that walks into his office has a soft-tissue problem. I would be curious to hear the replies from his clients if they heard themselves, along with their physical, emotional and spiritual problems, referred to as things. As someone who has seen firsthand the power of touch when dealing with those individuals touched by illness and disease, I take great offense to that statement. These people are not things. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, siblings, children and friends reaching out for someone to "rub" their hands or feet, massage their back after laying on an operating table or MRI machine, massage their neck after lying in a hospital bed for weeks, or just receive the tender loving touch of another human being.
I took great offense to Mr. Frederick's letter and suggest he come to New Jersey and see our students at work and the response from the mothers, fathers, etc. He does make some valid points, but I think in the past 25 years, he has lost sight of why he became a massage therapist in the first place. It's not about fixing; it's about being there in the best way you can and improving yourself as you venture on this journey.
James T. Zazeski, NCTMB, AOSMT
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