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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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Open Hearts in Arizona
By Angie Patrick
The spirit of giving is alive and well in the beautiful state of Arizona. The 2008 American Massage Therapy Association National Convention, held in Phoenix this September, featured the third annual Sanctuary fundraiser to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation.The exhibit hall was alive with both seasoned therapists as well as those just learning massage. Seemingly everyone in attendance wanted to take a turn in one of the Sanctuary bays for a bit of relaxation and pampering.
The Sanctuary is a project that is designed to raise greater awareness of and funding for massage research. In essence, a mini spa is set up at the trade show and manned by volunteers. In this setting, various 10-minute treatments are performed for a $10 donation. The treatments span an array of protocols, including facial massage, as well as treatments designed specifically for the feet such as hot/cold contrast, Thai herbal balls, exfoliation and reflexology.
We were blessed by the talented hands of so many openhearted volunteers! Many established and well-recognized therapists from the Phoenix area graced the therapist chairs, as well as students from Apollo College. This fundraiser is designed to help each of them by furthering the acceptance of massage therapy and the quantification of the value of the therapy as a whole. It is an event designed truly for them and without whom the event would not be possible; it is further evidence of the symbiotic relationship we all share with one another.
Each of the bays opened was in full swing, rarely experiencing downtime. The popularity of this event is extraordinary and has shown marked growth each and every year. It proves unequivocally that people enjoy massage and therapists specifically crave the healing powers of bodywork, even while on a trade show floor.
One of the most exciting benefits of Sanctuary is the opportunity to sample products as they were intended to be used, rather than in passing while walking crowded aisles. At Sanctuary, the attendee can choose from any one of six protocols featuring products provided by Bon Vital, Soothing Touch, Performance Health, Sa-Wan, Unique Skin Care and TH Stone. They are given the unique opportunity to see and feel the products, not just from the perspective of the therapist but, almost more importantly, from the perspective of the client. This is a first, and it is proving to be more effective in the education and understanding of the benefits each of these wonderful products provides.
It isn't only the industry's leading manufacturers who were in the giving mood; two of the industry's largest media leaders took part in the event as well. We are proud to welcome Massage Today and Massage Magazine as event partners. Such distinguished sponsorship has certainly given Sanctuary a life of its own, and has helped the project raise more than $30,000 for research in the past three years.
Massage Warehouse is truly honored to be able to present Sanctuary, and we are proud of the success it has enjoyed. We have been both humbled and amazed at the tremendous generosity of not only the volunteers and event partners, but also the convention attendees. On numerous occasions, people have doubled or even tripled the requested donation amount because they know it is going to benefit their industry as a whole and help it become stronger. It is with my whole heart that I say thank you to all who have participated. For those who have yet to enjoy Sanctuary, look for us in 2009 at the FSMTA convention in Orlando, Fla., as well as the American Massage Therapy Association Convention, also in Orlando.
If you are a manufacturer or media outlet and would like to be a part of this worthwhile event in 2009, please contact me for information on sponsorship.
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