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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
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AMTA Responds to Article
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is very concerned about your November article on its recent decision regarding its Council of Schools (COS) Board. The article contains many errors and seems to question the accuracy of AMTA’s public statements. We believe both our members and others in the profession are moving forward and have no desire to see more divisiveness in the profession. Unfortunately, we feel we must take the time to set the record straight.
After repeatedly providing Massage Today and all other trade publications with accurate information about our COS Board decision, the history of the COS, and the new Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, your article questioned our veracity by saying "The AMTA asserts that their decision regarding the COS Board is not a response to the recently-announced Alliance for Massage Therapy Education." It is not only AMTA that has said this, but the Alliance has publicly stated that the developmental process for the Alliance was "completely separate from the internal restructuring AMTA recently completed with its Council of Schools."
The article states that the AMTA decision was abrupt and implies it was forced. However, the AMTA Council of Schools Board agreed with the approach of the association and the decision, writing its support well in advance of the AMTA Board decision. The article also implies AMTA is hiding something by not yet publicly "disclosing" the formation of a new schools committee, even though AMTA rarely publicly announces when it has formed committees to serve its members.
Your article continues to promote an idea that the AMTA Council of Schools was not really a part of AMTA by saying we voted "to end the 27-year relationship with the Council of Schools." Our Board of Directors voted to disband the AMTA Council of Schools Board of Directors and change bylaws to indicate all schools under the name Council of Schools are still AMTA member schools. Later you state, "However, in late January at the COS annual meeting and leadership conference, COS members expressed a desire to retain independence from the AMTA." The vote was to create a separate organization to represent all massage schools, not to retain independence. As we previously reported, the vote at the January meeting was among the 30 member schools attending, from among more than 400 AMTA member schools.
Misinformation about AMTA's decision regarding the AMTA COS Board has created a great deal of confusion. Distortions communicated by some have only served to create false issues. Therefore, we must also restate that AMTA School Member benefits have not changed as a result of the COS decisions and, in fact, are in the process of being enhanced.
AMTA has been clear, upfront, candid and factual about its decisions to find new ways to serve its schools members. We are firmly committed to our School members and look forward to an expanded meeting with school owners, administrators and educators at our conference in February 2010. There are many challenges in our profession and AMTA will continue to look for the best ways to help schools, students and practitioners succeed professionally.
Editor's note: To read the November Massage Today article, which includes a full statement from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the history of the COS and the events leading up to the AMTA board of directors’ decision to discontinue the COS board, please click here.
Massage Today will print a correction in the next available issue regarding the word choice used in the sentence: "However, in late January at the COS annual meeting and leadership conference, COS members expressed a desire to retain independence from the AMTA..." The better word choice is obtain.
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