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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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
AMTA Convention Sets Precedent for Years to Come
By Christie Bondurant
Downtown Phoenix welcomed this year's American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention at the Phoenix Convention Center, Sept. 17-20. The four-day event included exciting giveaways, donations and a record number of exhibitors, setting the precedent for AMTA conventions for years to come.
At the start of the convention, AMTA President M.K. Brennan presented Massage Therapy Foundation President, Diana Thompson, with a symbolic $494,229 check representing the AMTA's record 2008 support for the foundation. "Since our inception in 1990, the Massage Therapy Foundation has benefited greatly from AMTA's generous and reliable support," said Thompson. "We are honored and grateful to have them as a major partner in our journey to serve our mission - to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service."
The association also honored convention keynote speaker Judith Aston, creator of Aston-Patterning, with its Distinguished Service award in recognition of her contributions to the profession and 40-year service as a member of the AMTA.
The more than 1,200 attendees were provided with educational training workshops on a variety of topics including current research, techniques, special populations, legal issues, business/ethics and health care. Massage Today columnist Dr. Ben Benjamin discussed common injuries, ethics and communication, while the Upledger Institute provided an overview of CranioSacral Therapy and lymph drainage therapy.
The AMTA House of Delegates debated proposals for position statements, approving three as official positions of the association. Statements are developed and submitted by members according to specific guidelines and criteria, and then presented to the House of Delegates during its meeting at the annual convention. This year's approved position statements read as follows:
A record number of exhibitors (114) attended the 2008 convention, offering information, products and services for massage therapists. The Massage Warehouse, a Scrip Company, in partnership with Bon Vital, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Unique Skincare and Massage Envy, was back with its "Sanctuary," and raised more than $4,000 - with all proceeds donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Convention-goers buzzed with excitement at this year's Massage Today raffle, held for the first time on two consecutive days. Participants entered the raffles on Friday and Saturday by simply submitting their name and wearing their free "Have You Had Your Massage Today" T-shirt at the time of the drawing. As has become the tradition, David Kent of Kent Health Systems, MC'd the drawings and had the estimated 900 participants clapping and shouting in unison.
Raffle winners received nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes. Massage therapists Debra Kerwin and Christie Beattie each walked away with $500. Other winners received an NRG Chi table with bolster, NRG Grasshopper chair and an Oakworks rolling stool, worth more than $500, all donated by Massage Warehouse. Convention exhibitors including China Gel, Amber Products, Soothing Touch, Compassionate Touch, Biofreeze and Massage Warehouse also donated an estimated $400 worth of products for raffle participants.
The 2009 AMTA national convention will be held in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 23-26. For more information on the convention, please visit www.amtamassage.org.
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