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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 10
For the Love of Massage
By Angie Patrick
I believe people do things for many reasons. Sometimes people do things because they feel obligated or they feel it will reap a huge profit; and often they do things out of kindness.
But then sometimes, people do things out of love. This could be out of love for their family, friends, neighbors, or any other love they feel. Love can make you do things you never thought possible, and give you the drive to do things as they have never been done, forging headlong into new and untried territory. It can make you dream big; and when your heart is in the right place, your dreams can be bigger than you ever imagined.
I know this is true. The Massage School Makeover has made me even more of a believer in this.
I have watched the seedling of an idea born out of the love of massage grow into a mighty forest of manufacturers, educators, media, associations, artists, events, and publishers - all standing tall as part of positive and productive change. This forest of caring and dedicated people stand proud as the Professional Product Partners for the 2010 Massage School Makeover, bringing professional grade products, equipment and services to the forefront - gifting these wonderful and bountiful awards to a deserving school to be announced Nov. 16, 2010 at the World Massage Conference. (Editor's note: The Massage School Makeover event ends Oct. 30.)
Massage Warehouse, Massage Today, and the World Massage Conference have sponsored an idea I have had for quite a while, and in doing so, breathed life into a project we feel will bring the awareness and need for education in our schools to also include exposure to professional tools of the trade. The need for utilizing professional grade products, education, and services is vital to the success of any massage therapist. After all, when they graduate, pass the exams and become licensed, are they ready for success? Have we, the stewards of this industry, done all we can to educate these new members of our community in regards to the proper lubricant to utilize for each specific modality? Do we share what to look for in a professional grade massage table? Have we exposed them to a wide variety of modalities by introducing them to the world of CE providers? Have they ever compared different brands side by side? Have we impressed upon them the importance of a positive, professional appearance and impression for the client? Do they know how this may play a huge part in whether a client returns for a second visit, or ever books the first?
If we don't, we should. And this is why the Massage School Makeover was created. Working with schools for much of my career, I have heard many success stories. But for every yin, there is a yang. And conversely, I have heard tales to make you cringe.
Speaking with students and new graduates, and assisting them in their first purchase of equipment and supplies is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share what I know about various products and help the client make the right choices for their needs. But it has become quite evident to me that often the first time they think about the product side of the massage profession, they are already well out of school and having to learn on the fly. Their curriculum is often so immersed in the clinical side that the business side often gets glossed over. In doing this, we have armed a well-educated student with wonderful technical skills, but with no real idea where to go or how to begin to put them into use in a business model. Many are surprised and shocked at the prices of massage tables. It concerned me that so many were unaware of the wide world of amazing professional grade products out there and further unaware of basic start-up costs for a mobile therapist.
By bringing together the greatest manufacturers, products, services and education in the industry and providing an opportunity to educate about these items as well as physically award a school with a tremendous and life-changing gift is really what community is all about. It is a way for the "support" side of this industry to give back to our community in a way that is both fulfilling and philanthropic.
Our partners have given the best they have to offer. (A full list of these amazing partners can be found on MassageToday.com.) Never have I been more aware of the power a few can create when united for a common cause. Each partner gave what they could, and in doing so, we have amassed over $50K in products, equipment and services. This is unprecedented in our industry; awards of this scope and stature have never been seen in our community.
It is with a humble heart that I extend my appreciation for their belief in this project, and for rolling the dice with me to try to impact change. I think we have succeeded. The number of schools that have been nominated has been tremendous! We have learned so much about the education of a massage therapist from coast to coast. The information we have learned will be broken into segments and will soon be published.
While I began with a significantly encompassing list of schools nationally, we have heard from many others that have eluded lists, associations and publications. These have been the unknown quotient, and there are more out there.
I want to learn about these schools, and assist any way I can in providing what they need to educate on the business of massage as well.
The Massage School Makeover is a project that will continue to flourish and grow, as many more schools become aware of the event and take part. It is my hope that we can come together as a community on a yearly basis, and bring to light the importance of professional grade products for years to come.
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