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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Florida Therapists Celebrate Massage
By Editorial Staff
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) celebrated massage and Independence Day at its 2008 Annual Convention July 3-5 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
Therapists were able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit from classes taught by many well-known therapists. Classes included "Russian Sports Massage," "Thai Spa Herbal Ball Treatments," "Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars and Burns" and "Address Fascial Restrictions to Decrease Abnormal Tissue Patters."
The Successful Start Program on Wednesday, July 2, welcomed massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to the field of massage therapy with concepts such as practice building and insurance billing issues. Successful Start speakers included Massage Today columnists David Kent, Angie Patrick and Vivian Madison-Mahoney.
The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, was featured in the exhibit hall and donated all of its proceeds - more than $5,000 - to the Touch Research Institute (TRI). Sanctuary sponsor Massage Envy also donated an additional $10,000 to TRI's research studying the effects of massage on premature children.
"I could not be happier with the Sanctuary at the FSMTA conference this year," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick. "I am humbled by the outpouring of support and love for this project, and I am thankful for everyone who participated!"
The annual awards banquet on July 5 was well-attended as chapters and therapists were recognized for their efforts in supporting the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA Humanitarian Award went to long-time Melbourne, Fla. therapist Jody Stork. Performance Health presented Stork with a check for $500 to the charity of her choice which was Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Stork has a long history of service in Florida and has volunteered her time with organizations such as the Children's Home Society, Kids Without Christmas, The Haven, Candlelighters, Heart Walk, American Cancer Society, The Zachary Project and the Early Intervention Center. Stork has also worked with local schools and hospitals for teacher and nurse appreciation events. She is the owner and director of her own massage school and during the spring, she and her students work with the Washington Nationals professional baseball team. She has been the therapist for the World Champion Florida Marlins baseball team, as well as former Miami Dolphins quarterback and hall of famer Dan Marino.
For more information about this year's convention or to get a preview of next year's gathering, visit the FSMTA Web site at www.fsmta.org.
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