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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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
The Road Less Traveled
By Angie Patrick
Recently, I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of events off the beaten path from my usual trade show and convention stomping grounds. This year, I wanted to make a concerted effort to find out what is going on in some of the places I had not historically frequented.Most years, you can be sure I will be at the American Massage Therapy Association's national convention, as well as the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention. These two powerhouse annual events are always informative, fun and full of friendly faces. Some I have known for years, and more that I have the privilege of meeting for the first time. I will most definitely be in attendance for these events in 2009, but this year, I thought I might branch out a bit more and see what is happening in other parts of the world as well.
A few months ago, I attended the Ontario Massage Trade Conference in Ontario, Canada and the New England Regional Conference in Framingham, Mass., and most recently, I attended the World Massage Festival in New Braunfels, Texas. I have also presented on Massage Therapy Radio. All of these events have opened my eyes to the importance of supporting more local events as well as the larger and more nationally recognized events. At these venues, I have had the incredible fortune of meeting therapists from all walks of life, coming together for a common goal; they come to learn and be a part of a community. The education available at these events is certainly worthy of note with well-known names heading the lineup, and the exhibit halls were packed with vendors and products for massage and wellness! I was able to slow down a little bit and experience these events not only from a vendor's perspective, but also from the attendees. In being afforded this different view, I am more excited than ever before about learning of more regional venues, and seeing what they have to offer.
I would offer this piece of advice to anyone who thinks they may not need to attend these events because of cost, time, inconvenience, or any of the countless other excuses we can come up with: SIMPLY GO. Being surrounded by your peers in a place that has the profession you love at heart, immersed in an environment of healers like yourself is truly something every therapist should experience and take part in. I can certainly attest to the value of these events for students just starting their career, as it is an event saturated in industry leaders, both locally and nationally recognized, sharing first-hand knowledge and tips to aide them in building a better, more lucrative career. If you are a school owner, instructor, director, or involved with education in any way, I urge you to work to make it mandatory for your students to spend time at these events. The exposure to the various modalities and products to support them is tremendous; moreover, gaining a sense of the "State of Affairs" in the massage industry as a whole is absolutely invaluable.
I had the distinct honor of being invited to sit on a panel of industry leaders at the recent World Massage Festival, and the discussion was open to attendees in the form of a question and answer forum. It was truly an eye opener for me, as I listened to questions of the attendees and the answers from my fellow panel members. I learned more in those hours about the grass roots industry and the issues the average therapists face daily than I could have learned in any other forum. I was honored to be involved with that panel discussion, and the take away I obtained from that experience is quite simply: "get involved."
What do I mean by get involved? In my vernacular, it means get off your duff and volunteer; go out and advocate for your profession by being an active member of your AMTA chapter and its events; become a part of the groups speaking on your behalf at the state level where decisions effecting your practice are made; make your voice heard in the medical field by advocating massage; support fundraising for further massage research which quantifies the positive outcomes of massage therapy; and above all else, BE an active part of this great community of healers.
In New England, I was delighted to meet so many therapists already in practice as well as those on the cusp of beginning their career. The professionalism in the attendees as it regards to their self-esteem and belief in massage as true therapy without exception or compromise was inspiring! In Ontario, I met people who cared for the profession, industry, and sustainability of the products they use. Their focus was on the ecology and the footprint they leave as much as it was upon healing the human condition. And in speaking on Massage Therapy Radio, I was asked questions about products, about business, about economics and about the fundraising event, Sanctuary, which Massage Warehouse facilitates to bring greater awareness and funding for massage therapy research. Each of these events has shown me another beautiful facet of massage therapy, and makes me proud to be a part of this community of healers and custodians of the planet.
There are so many things you can do to support and broaden the scope of acceptance and growth for the future of the massage industry. The one thing that will absolutely guarantee stagnation and industry deterioration is to opt to do nothing. To be one of the ones who is "too busy" or "too tired" to be involved is to be one of the root causes of quagmire. Great changes occur because of people willing to make the change, and willing to do what needs to be done to effect positive outcome. Those who actively learn, attend, and present" are making the active choice to be involved. Call them activists, advocates, or any other moniker your heart desires, but the bottom line remains the same. These people get it done, and without them we have no growth and no future.
I choose to be one of those who gets it done. And I want to learn more, do more, be a part of more and create positive momentum and energy for the profession I love so much, and offer my support to those who choose to do the same. I will continue to seek out the road less traveled, as well as continue to frequent and support the tried and true paths I now know so well. I will be a part of the growth, and I will do all I can to leave a legacy of hope, activism, encouragement and support for this incredible profession and the beautiful souls who comprise it.
What do you choose to do?
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