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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
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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