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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
July 12, 2010
ABMP Responds to Media Stories Aired With Disrespectful Comments About Massage Therapy
Association Offers Popular Morning Show Hosts Massage Therapy Sessions in Conjunction With "EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week"
PRESS RELEASE - Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) will celebrate its award-winning, 16th annual EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, highlighting the benefits of massage, from Sunday, July 18, through Saturday, July 24.As in years past, ABMP members will hold grassroots events nationwide to give back to their communities and spread the word about the value of professional massage therapy.
ABMP this week issued an invitation for a free one-hour massage session to co-hosts on ABC's "The View," and Joe Scarborough of NBC's "Morning Joe," after some stories with disrespectful comments about massage therapy were aired on their shows.
"There's no better time than now to tell the world about the value of legitimate, professional massage therapy," said ABMP president and nationally certified massage therapist Les Sweeney.
"It's clear from recent events in the news that there are still a few folks out there--including some in the media--who aren't clear about the code of conduct followed by massage therapists and the therapeutic value of professional massage therapy. It's professional work that calls for significant training, adherence to a code of ethics, and professional licensing in 43 states," said Sweeney.
On behalf of the 293,000 massage therapists in the United States, ABMP pointed out the following to hosts and producers at these media outlets:
"Unfortunately, massage terminology is used as a cover by some for illegal activities that have nothing to do with the work our members perform," Sweeney said. "This puts legitimate professionals at unnecessary personal risk, and damages a profession that has made great strides in public recognition and acceptance in recent decades."
Independent consumer research shows 42 percent of American adults have received at least one massage during their lifetime. Interest in and acceptance of massage therapy has grown significantly in the past two or three decades, thanks to ongoing education and the quality of work that's being accomplished. The rise of spas and the aging of baby boomers have contributed to this trend.
Grassroots events for EveryBody Deserves an Massage Week this year include a contest giving away a massage to a deserving member of a community, fundraisers for a children's hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and complimentary 30-minute massages for veterans. To find out about events that may be happening in your area, contact ABMP PR Specialist Nora Brunner at 800-458-2267, ext. 647.
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