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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2010
Alliance Inaugural Conference is "Priceless Experience"
PRESS RELEASE - The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education just completed its First Annual Conference at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah on June 3-5. With 85 participants representing all aspects of the massage education sector, the Conference featured keynote presentations, continuing education workshops, lively discussions, and opportunities for professional network development.In addition, Alliance members at this meeting elected the organization's 2010-11 Board of Directors and a Nominating Committee for the following year's election.
With the theme "Shaping the Future of Massage Therapy Education", the Conference did indeed help to define key strategic priorities for massage school directors, teachers, continuing education providers, leaders of stakeholder organizations, and representatives from the leading companies in the field. Among the unique components of this event was a half-day visioning session, where attendees had the opportunity to offer their perspectives on the primary challenges facing massage education while helping the Alliance refine its program and service offerings.
The Conference affirmed the Alliance's role as the voice and advocate for massage therapy education. "Though we have only been serving this important community for a matter of months, the attendees were focused on how the Alliance will serve as a robust, results-focused collaborator with its members and other important stakeholder organizations," said Alliance Executive Director Rick Rosen. "What was evident throughout was the passion our rapidly growing membership feels about the foundational role lifelong learning plays in developing successful, intelligently trained massage therapists who provide quality services to the public."
The Conference was designed by the Alliance Leadership Team to provide nourishment and inspiration -- along with the latest information and best practices. In bringing this inaugural event to the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, attendees were influenced by the dramatic and healthful environment in many ways. On the first evening of the Conference, the group gathered for dinner at the resort's Red Pine Lodge, which was accessed by a breathtaking gondola ride up the slopes. Following a delicious meal, there was a special "Talk Story" program that featured educators who shared very moving tales of the teachers who had transformed their lives.
One of the storytellers was Pualani Gillespie, who had traveled to the Conference from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She talked about her experiences with Auntie Margaret Machado, the revered teacher of traditional Lomi-Lomi massage who recently passed away at the age of 93. As a holder of this lineage, Pua also offered the foundational principles of this time-honored healing system -- Reverence, Forgiveness and Unconditional Love (or Aloha) -- and encouraged the Alliance to incorporate these ideals into all of its endeavors. Overall, these educators' stories served as reminders of the powerful role mentors play in our lives.
Here are some quotes from attendees that capture the spirit of this event:
Through the many conversations and presentations that took place over the three days of this Conference, a common ethic emerged: participants expressed a great commitment to support cooperation and unity among the many organizations that comprise the domain of massage therapy education, and the massage and bodywork field as a whole.
Source: Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
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