resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
Stretch Through the New Year
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Have you ever started a workout program and then found something that got in the way? Or even reached your goal then quit the routine? This year is going to be different, and here is help for you to stick with your resolution.
Set goals: Start with a short term goal, meet it then reach for another goal.
Variety: Change your workouts. Begin with flexibility training, then incorporate strength, cardio and balance training.
Fun: If you are not enjoying your workout, you are more apt to quit. Have a great attitude and it will make a huge difference.
Balance: This is two-fold. Moderate workouts paired with healthy nutrition, and being able to stand on one foot.
Accountability: Find a workout partner who is motivated and has similar goals as you.
Discipline: Commit to your workouts, eat every three hours, and get an adequate amount of sleep.
Log: Keep a log of everything you eat, portion size and any physical exercise.
Visualize: Envision what you want to look and feel like five, 10 and 20 years from now.
The key to sticking with any program is to ask yourself: "Is fitness a lifelong commitment to improve my quality of life or just something I'll do for a short time?"
The easiest way to begin is with flexibility training. With stretching exercises in our routine, we will dramatically improve our performance in whatever else we do and can ease any muscular pain and tension. Most massage therapists are tight in their upper chest (pectoral region), hands, and posterior and anterior upper legs (hamstrings and quadriceps). We need to make sure we regularly open up these tight areas. Bringing ourselves back to balance will result in a body absent from pain or discomfort. Stretching the tight muscles will allow more circulation to the area and bring in more oxygenated blood. This creates healthier tissue, allowing us to optimally perform our daily tasks.
We know stretching improves flexibility and health of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Flexibility makes it easier to accomplish any task in our daily lives. Stretching and flexibility are critical to preventing injuries, especially as we perform our job. Overuse injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries, occur in part because of lack of flexibility caused by tight muscles. Here are some benefits to stretching:
With stretching and flexibility, massage therapists can perform with ease and sustain longer. By having a flexibility program incorporated into your day, performance is improved with reduced chance of injury. Muscle stiffness is reduced as excess toxin buildup is removed. Reduction in metabolic wastes allows muscles to rejuvenate quicker after intense work-outs or a really busy day at work. Healing is faster and stronger with facilitated stretching. The bottom line is that stretching and flexibility provide an increase in career spans and performance levels.
Facilitated stretching is an easy way to maintain or improve flexibility. The blend of stretching and hands-on range of motion therapy is amazingly effective in reducing scar tissue and adhesions to improve pain-free motion for our clients and ourselves.
4 Easy Flexibility Exercises
Here are some flexibility exercises you can routinely do through your day:
Pec Stretch: Lace you fingers behind your back and inhale. Now as you slowly lift up, exhale.
Hand Stretch: Extend your arm out in front of you with your fingers up and inhale. Exhale as you put pressure on your fingers to extend and open your hand.
Quadriceps Stretch: Balance on your right foot, place your left foot in your left hand. As you exhale, bring your left heel to your left glute. Then do the opposite side.
Hamstring Stretch: Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart. You will exhale as you bring your chest toward your toes.
With this new year, let's visualize what we will commit for ourselves. We take care of others daily, so now is the time to start taking care of ourselves.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
with questions or comments.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.