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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
Re-Gifting Is a Good Thing
FSMTA Attendees Show Major Generosity
By Angie Patrick
The power of positive energy was never more apparent than at the 2009 Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Convention held in July at the beautiful Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Fla.While there, I personally witnessed the caring and gentle nature of the profession as a whole as well as random acts of selflessness and kindness on a more individual basis.
First let me share with you an event I witnessed that truly warmed my heart. During Successful Start, a program to provide new therapists with important tips to begin a successful career (sponsored by Massage Warehouse and Performance Health), prizes were awarded to attendees based on having their ticket number drawn from a hopper. Our stage was full of prizes donated by manufacturers and distributors for the benefit of the newly emerging therapists. Our first prize drawing of the night was for an NRG massage table. The name was called and the winner came forward and graciously accepted her prize. The night wore on, and many more amazing prizes were given out. At the end of the evening, the grand prize drawing for the Massage Warehouse Ultimate Business Starter package was drawn. This package contained much that a therapist needs including a table, massage chair, table cart, and much more. When the ticket number was called, incredibly, it was the same young woman who had won the first drawing of the evening for a table. Needless to say, she was absolutely thrilled! She then did something I felt was truly generous. She asked us to place the original table back in the mix so another person might enjoy it as well. We did, and then drew the ticket of a young gentleman who was elated about winning the table. After accepting, he then returned to the podium and explained he was thankful to have won a new table, but he already had one. He had been sitting next to a young woman who had fallen on some hard times in the recent year, and stated that he would like to give the table to her instead. What a tremendous gift this was for her! And she was completely and wholly thankful for the kindnesses of these two perfect strangers.
What Comes Naturally
In a world where the economy is tenuous at best, and we are all in search of alternate streams of income, these two generous and kind-hearted therapists opted for the road less travelled. Instead of taking their winnings and posting a sign stating, "Massage Table for Sale," keeping the winnings for themselves, they chose to offer kindness and charity for others. Their selflessness was humbling, and it made me proud to be a part of this industry, where having a heart is the rule rather than the exception, and where giving comes naturally.
This was just the beginning however. The giving did not stop there! Massage Warehouse hosted our fundraising project, Sanctuary, raising money and awareness for massage therapy research. At this event, a donation of $10 entitled you to 10 minutes of spa-quality treatments designed for the feet and for the face. We had the tremendous good fortune of having the talented students of Everest, under the leadership of Candy Morris to volunteer their time and hand to provide the treatments. These students were the epitome of professionalism, arriving on time, en masse, and ready to do whatever needed to be done. My arms are not wide enough to hug and thank them all for their selflessness and generosity.
Our corporate event sponsors also gave from their heart to a great cause. Our thanks to Bon Vital, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Sa-Wan, Unique Skincare, Spot-On Energy Patch, Massage Magazine, and of course Massage Today for their generous donations and support of Sanctuary. Without these sponsors, Sanctuary would not be possible.
Additionally, the response to Sanctuary by the attendees was overwhelming to say the least! Donations were made in excess of the $10 because people believed in the cause. More people donated without requiring treatment because they felt the need to support the future of their industry. Our treatment bays were continually full, and when all the numbers were in, we were proud to present $6,583 to the Touch Research Institute in Miami to further the research of Dr. Tiffany Field on the effects of touch on premature infants.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of the guests who attended Sanctuary, and enjoyed the treatments of their choice. It is comforting to know many believe in the need for greater research, and choose to show their commitment through participation.
We will be back in Orlando once again presenting Sanctuary at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Convention in September. We invite you to come and see what all the excitement is about, and to further engage each of you in the need to raise awareness and funding for research. In September, the event will benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation, and funds raised will be gifted to them. It is my hope you will be able to attend and be a part of something that benefits each and every practitioner in the industry.
The art of giving is certainly alive and well in Florida at the FSMTA convention! And it lives within us all. I urge you to take a few moments, and find a way to give back to your profession, reach out a hand to someone in need, or be the inspiration that affects positive change in those around you. We have the power to turn tides, and it is through our open hearts and healing hands we can make a difference.
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