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Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
January, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 01
10 Years On
Remarkable Stories From a Remarkable Profession
By Christie Bondurant
In January of 2001, Massage Today arrived on the doorsteps of your homes, schools and businesses for the first time. Much has happened since that first issue was published, not only for the massage therapy profession but for the world it thrives in.In recognition of our 10th year of publication, we wanted to re-visit one very special story, one we think captures the essence of this remarkable profession.
As a new publication with the mission to educate and inform massage therapists, we set specific goals and challenges to meet that first year while covering the important topics in the industry. But, like most of the world, we were unprepared for what was to come that September.
September 11, 2001
When the 9/11 terrorist attacks hit the United States, we were stunned, shocked, and then, in the aftermath, amazed by the heart-felt expressions of humanity and the true character of the people who make up this amazingly compassionate profession. Author Liz Pasquale's selfless tribute to the men and women who worked countless hours recovering those buried under the rubble of the World Trade Center collapse is truly one of the most extraordinary stories reported in Massage Today.
In the November 2001 article "Bringing Relief to WTC Rescue Workers", Pasquale shares her remarkable story of how her and fellow health care professionals came to the aid of rescue workers in New York by providing massage therapy around the clock at an empty high school a few blocks from the World Trade Center, ground zero.
Pasquale writes how her work of lymph drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and visceral manipulation moved many of the workers to tears. She explains: "Ordinarily in my practice, about 20 percent of my clients - usually people I'd seen a few times - experience an emotional release. But here, more than 80 percent of these men discharged their emotions, often in the first 5 to 10 minutes. Most of them I'd never met, and they'd never had a massage before."
Pasquale worked around the clock for days straight: "And so it goes, night after night. Generally, it seems to slow down during the day, pick up around 7 or 8 p.m., and then gets really busy around 11 p.m. and stays that way until 4 in the morning. By the fourth day, someone actually made a 3 a.m. appointment with me. ... So here it is, five days later. I'm still wearing my respirator and working on people wearing flak jackets, bunker pants, harnesses and gun belts. One man asks me if I've had a lot of marriage proposals this week. 'More this week than ever in my life,' I reply, my voice contorted by the respirator. 'And they haven't even seen my face.' He laughs and says, 'We're not marrying your face. We're marrying your hands.'"
Read Liz Pasquale's complete article by clicking here.
In the past 10 years, Massage Today was there to cover the important stories within the profession, working diligently to provide readers with the most up-to-date, relevant news and information in order to advance the individual massage therapist, as well as their practice, business and profession.
Readers, a special thank you for your faithful commitment to this, your, publication. We hope to continue to serve you for many more decades to come.
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