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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
AMTA Shares a Touch of Inspiration
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association hopes to provide "A Touch of Inspiration" to those attending its 2008 National Convention on Sept. 16-22. The Phoenix Convention Center will play host to this year's convention which includes pre-and post-convention workshops and the popular Exhibitor's Marketplace.
The pre-convention workshop, "Orthopedic Massage for Pelvic Stabilization and Complicated Upper Body Conditions" taught by James Waslaski begins Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Exhibitor's Marketplace opens Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and the keynote address by Judith Aston follows the Thursday morning opening session.
Classes include "Introduction to Stone Massage," "Assessment and Treatment of Common Knee Injuries," "Integral Anatomy: Layers, Relationships and Continuity," "Working With Trauma and Dissociation," "Implications of Presence in Massage Therapy," "Assessing Progress: Introducing Measurement Tools Into Your Practice," "Common Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow," "An Introduction to Qualitative Health Research Methods for Massage," "Neuromuscular Integration Technique," "Deep Tissue Massage With Meridian Awareness" and "Future Healthcare Trends" just to name a few. The Massage Therapy Foundation will have poster sessions throughout the convention and will also introduce its new peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
The post-convention workshop, taught by the Upledger Institute ("Lymph Drainage Therapy"), will close out the festivities. It will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.
The Exhibitor's Marketplace Opening Reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The exhibit hall also will be opening during the following hours:
If you are new to the AMTA or attending your first convention, a First-Timer Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is designed to provide an opportunity for "first-timers" to meet the AMTA Board of Directors and connect with their fellow therapists as well.
The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, will again make an appearance in the Exhibitor's Marketplace. All proceeds from this event will go toward the research efforts of the Massage Therapy Foundation. For a $10 donation, attendees can receive a 10-minute foot or facial massage treatment. The Sanctuary raised $3,000 in 2007 for the Massage Therapy Foundation and hopes to have even greater success this year.
"We could not be happier to bring The Sanctuary to Phoenix! We are excited about raising awareness and funds for massage therapy research. Once again, we will invite convention attendees to visit us in the exhibit hall and donate $10 to the Massage Therapy Foundation, and in return experience 10 minutes of utter bliss while we provide the treatment of your choice from any of our six Sanctuary protocols," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick.
Be sure to stop by and reserve a time to be pampered, learn a new foot or facial treatment to integrate into your massage practice and help the Massage Therapy Foundation at the same time. Be sure to stop by the Massage Today booth to pick up your free, "Have You Had Your Massage Today" T-shirt and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win $500.
Official convention hotels include the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (800)233-1234, the Wyndham Phoenix (602)333-0000 and the Hotel San Carlos (866)253-4121. You can also make reservations online at the AMTA Web site. For more information, including a full class schedule, a list of speakers and event details, as well as an online registration form, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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