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What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
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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