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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
Interview with Ruth Werner, MTF President-Elect
By Christie Bondurant
The Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees announced recently that Ruth Werner, LMP, author, educator and long-time Massage Today columnist, is president-elect of the Foundation.She will serve in the newly created position for a one-year term ending March 1, 2010, at which time she will assume her role as president for a two-year term. In an interview with Massage Today, Werner discusses her recently announced position and long-standing commitment to the Foundation and research in the profession.
You have been a trustee with the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) since March 2006, tell us of some memorable experiences working with the MTF, as well as some new projects.
I've been with the Foundation for about three years and in that time I have seen some astonishing things happen. In 2005, shortly before I joined the Board of Trustees, I attended the Foundation's first conference on Highlighting Massage in CAM Research. I have never been around so many smart people who knew so much about massage. Now we're getting ready to host the second Highlighting Conference, which will be in Seattle in 2010 (please mark your calendars for May, 2010). We're also getting ready to host the first Best Practices symposium: this will begin the process of gathering and evaluating input from subject matter experts about how massage may be used most effectively in a variety of situations. This is a generational project: our grandkids will be working on this--and here it is, starting now. Last year, the Foundation launched the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), which is an open-sourced electronic journal collecting articles on research, practice, and education.
Ongoing projects at the Foundation are also inspirational. The Community Service grants promote the ability of therapists to create outreach projects in their own communities. One of the grants created such a change in the lives of the recipients that it became a larger scale research project, which the Foundation also funded. The Student and Practitioner Case Report Contests open the door to the world of massage research to individuals at a truly grass roots level. And the project the education committee has been working on will also launch this year. This is called Teaching Research Literacy: an In-service for Massage Educators, and it will work with massage teachers to integrate principles of research into already existing curriculum. Each one of these projects is awe-inspiring; all together they show that as a profession we are riding the crest of a wave that I think will change the way we think about massage.
Most recently you served as the vice president for the MTF, please tell us your feelings toward serving in this newly created position.
Mainly I feel deeply humble--teetering on overwhelmed--about the possibilities that working with the MTF presents. My colleagues on the Board of Trustees and all the volunteers on all the committees are profoundly committed to the support of our profession, and I hope to be a person who can help to direct some of that energy into some really fruitful efforts. This is the first time the Foundation has named a president-elect, so it is an unprecedented opportunity to learn the job well before taking up the reins next March. I am so grateful to have a full year to work with Diana Thompson, our current president. Her leadership style is an inspiration to me. Diana has overseen some amazing growth and projects at the Foundation, and I can only hope to try to imitate her, at least for a while. Fortunately for all of us, she won't get away easily: she will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees as Immediate Past President for at least a year.
Where do you see research in massage therapy ultimately taking the profession?
Truly I think well-conducted research in massage therapy can take us any direction we want to go! Therapists now are beginning to build a body of information they can call on to help shape their work. This is true for therapists who practice in clinical or recreational settings. And as massage is more integrated in public health, good-quality research that reflects massage as it is practiced will allow us to build partnerships with a community of health care providers who are interested in noninvasive and cost-effective treatment choices. I look forward to the day when the sense of "us" versus "them" attitudes in conventional and complementary or integrative health care are a relic of the past--and I think excellent research conducted by extremely talented and well-educated massage therapists is an avenue to make that happen.
Any other information you think our readers should know about research in massage therapy?
I think the most important message here is that research is something every massage therapist can get involved with at some level. Not all of us are going to conduct research, but we all use it, whether we know it or not. People who went to massage school when I did (let's just say it was well into the last century), grew up on a lot of best guesses and folklore about how massage affects human function. Now we have the tools to test that folklore, and some of the results are very surprising! Massage therapists have a vested interest in how this is done, and by whom--after all, if someone is going to do a study on massage, shouldn't a massage therapist be deeply involved in conducting that experiment? So we need a group of practitioners who are able to become leaders and consultants and supporters of this kind of work, because it has influence on the whole profession.
So here's what I'd like to suggest to readers who think they might be interested: get educated about research. The American Massage Therapy Association sponsors a whole "research track" of classes at every national convention--this is a great place to get started. Check out the IJTMB at www.ijtmb.org and register for free. Learn how to do a Pubmed search: there's a good tutorial on the Foundation Web site, www.massagetherapyfoundation.org. Participate in a Case Report Contest, or help someone else do it. And of course, support the MTF so we can continue to grant research projects in massage. Big changes are happening: there's never been a more exciting time to be a massage therapist!
Ruth Werner is a massage educator who practices near Salt Lake City. She has been with Massage Today since its start in 2001 writing on clinical pathologies. To read her column "Dealing With Pathologies: What's on Your Table?" visit Werner's columnist page at www.massagetoday.com/columnists/werner.
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