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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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