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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Giving Back to Our Profession
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It's been quite a while since I've taken the opportunity to speak with all of Massage Today's readers. I'm delighted to do so, and am most pleased to give my thoughts on something very important to me - the importance of all of us giving back to our wonderful profession.Yes, I'm stressing all of us. Too often, we see only leaders in massage therapy donating their time and talents for the benefit of the rest of us. In many cases that is the prime mover in setting them apart as leaders from the rest of us; however, giving back should not be the sole domain of the few. If you asked those leaders about their gifts, they would likely tell you that by repaying the profession with their talents, they receive even more benefit.
This is not just my supposition; the same is true in all industries. Look at the many philanthropists of the high-tech industry, including Bill Hewlett and David Packard of Hewlett Packard. Among other things, their philanthropy has helped make California's fabled Silicon Valley what it is today. They all know how important it is for individuals to give something back to the community. I will paraphrase a real-estate appraiser who brought his profession into prominence in the 60s. He recently said, "From 1964 to 2000, I spent well over a third of my total time in serving the profession." He further states: "It was the greatest privilege I have ever had, outside of my family and closest friends. I have always considered involvement in the profession to be an obligation and a privilege, not just for me but for all who call themselves professionals."
I'd like to suggest that one of the very best ways that we as massage therapists can do our duty to our own society and massage community is to unequivocally support the Massage Therapy Foundation. The foundation is an independently governed philanthropic organization founded in 1990. Its work advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy, and does not directly serve any specific interest group within the profession. Rather, the foundation is intended to serve the profession and the public as a whole. The organization serves us through research, education and community service.
Each year, the foundation awards grants for research. A priority is to fund studies in which massage therapists are actively involved in the research project design and execution and are considered an integral part of the research team. It promotes research not to prove that what we do is beneficial (common experience tells us that it is), but to understand more accurately the mechanisms and effects of what we do.
Nearly every foundation activity is directed toward building the knowledge base of the profession. A substantial knowledge base will help make us wiser and our work more well-informed. It will improve the efficacy of our work and in time increase access to massage, creating better economic opportunities for practitioners.
Each year, the foundation awards grants for community service projects that bring massage to people in need. Massage therapists develop partnerships with local nonprofit community service agencies to introduce massage to people who would otherwise have no access to it. Examples of populations served are battered women, migrant workers and homeless families.
Every foundation donor has to start somewhere; checking out www.massagetherapyfoundation.org is a great place to start. I believe that giving and sharing are key components (and responsibilities) of striving for professional success. There are a variety of reasons why giving is important, and the act itself benefits the giver in countless ways. Here are a few to consider:
"For massage therapists, giving back to the profession is important because you are getting in the habit of giving money annually and making it a part of your life," said Massage Therapy Foundation donor Doreen Rossi. "I'm excited to support an organization that adds such value to our chosen profession. The Massage Therapy Foundation invests so wisely in research and case reports. I'm always impressed with the depth and breadth of the information."
My own gifts to the Massage Therapy Foundation have been a source of great personal pride and satisfaction. I consider this organization to be the actual foundation of our profession. Its strength and continued growth will ensure a stable base for all that we do in the future. I am pleased to give the equivalent of a massage every month to invest in my abilities to continue earning a living with my hands and my heart. Not only do I get a nice tax deduction, but it also really feels good! I ask all of you to at least match what I do - a massage a month is little enough to do, requires almost no precious time, will be a big benefit to the foundation, and I guarantee will make you feel wonderful about yourself and your profession.
I think Winston Churchill said it best: "You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give."
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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