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Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
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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