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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
2010 FSMTA Convention: "Realize Your Potential"
By Editorial Staff
Once again, Orlando welcomed massage therapists, educators, and industry vendors to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention July 7-11. The 2010 FSMTA Annual Convention and Trade Show offered the opportunity to learn from top educators, meet leaders in the field, experience new products, and to enjoy various social events.
The event kicked off Thursday evening with a lively presentation by keynote speaker David Kent, owner of Muscular Pain Relief Center and president and founder of Kent Health Systems, who spoke on the convention's theme "Realize Your Potential". In true David Kent fashion, he had the crowd up on their feet massaging each other's backs to the instrumental tune of "Pipeline" by The Ventures, and then somehow rolled the presentation into an inspirational take-home message on possibilities and how to reach your goals.
Attendees could earn up to 19 continuing education hours. Classes and instructors included: "CORE Myofascial Therapy for the Neck, Head and Face" by George Kousaleos, "NMT and the Gravity Game: The Dynamic Foot" by Judith DeLany, "Bamboo-Fusion" by Nathalie Cecilia and "Unlocking Your Performance Potential" by Don McCann.
The exhibit hall was filled with some of the major vendors and leaders in the massage industry. Attendees were invited to take free samples of products, fun giveaways and connect with some of the top leaders in the industry including orthopedic massage expert James Waslaski, Ruth Werner of Massage Therapy Foundation and Angie Patrick of Massage Warehouse.
Angie Patrick is also the facilitator and organizer of the philanthropic event the "SANCTUARY," which raises funding and awareness for massage therapy research. Once again the SANCTUARY booth was a popular attraction in the exhibit hall, as attendees enjoyed, in essence, a mini spa with various 10-minute treatments performed by volunteers for $10 donations.
"The SANCTUARY is a project that never ceases to amaze me in the way it brings the community together to achieve greater good," said Patrick.
"From the Event Partners, Bon Vital, CranioCradle, EvZone Music, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Sa Wan, Massage Today and Massage Magazine to our event volunteers, Everest University, South Orlando Campus, to the attendees of the FSMTA; all which came together in a symphony of giving and philanthropy. As a result, the SANCTUARY raised a grand total $6002 to further the massage research efforts of the legendary Dr. Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute in Miami Florida.
"I am truly grateful to our partners, volunteers, and all the wonderful people who came and enjoyed the treatments. Each time we do this, it really solidifies in my mind a simple truth: If we come together and each contribute a little, we can achieve so much more than we ever imagined possible and become the catalyst for positive change," said Patrick.
Ellen Mills of Pompano Beach, Fla. was the lucky winner of the Massage Today drawing for $1000. Throughout the convention, 500 participants entered their names in the drawing and received a free Massage Today T-shirt to wear at the drawing on Saturday night. David Kent, who MC'd the drawing, called a very stunned Mills to the podium to collect her winnings. See Mills win the drawing.
The 2011 FSMTA Annual Convention is scheduled for June 22-26 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World. For more go to: www.fsmta.org.
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