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Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Practice What You Preach and Go Back to Massage School
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
For all of us, the massage school experience is (or was) transformational in nature. As students, we were feeling "new" things, literally and figuratively, every day. Our wonder at and reverence for the human body and all of its systems grew by the hour.Sometimes it seemed that our skill and confidence increased minute by minute as we studied and practiced and found new meaning in the phrases "living in the moment" and "gratefully holding space." Sometimes, don't you find yourself asking "Where did all that disappear to?"
The simple answer is nowhere. It's all still there at massage school.
As a continuing education provider for massage therapists and personal trainers, I have had the privilege of traveling around the country and meeting face-to-face with practitioners of all levels of education and experience. In my course material, regardless of the topic title, there is always a unit on self-care. I'm constantly amazed at the responses I get when I ask, "What do you do to take care of yourselves?" Almost across the board, the answer is little or nothing. Incredibly, many working massage therapists do not receive massage on a regular basis!
When asked "Why not?" suffice to say there are as many excuses as one can imagine; time, cost and availability rank among the most often heard. Here again, there is a simple solution to be found at massage school!
Most massage programs have an established student clinic and though the hours vary from school to school, they are usually designed to accommodate working adults, retirees and others. The cost for services in the student clinics will vary also but normally fall in the range of $20 to $35 per therapeutic hour and a student therapist is almost always available and eager to work with you. We all very well know the benefits of bodywork and remind our clients and others all the time. Why then do we not consistently "walk our talk," especially since there is a quick, affordable and convenient resolution available at massage school.
The benefits of booking at your local massage school also go to the student therapists and the school, as well. It is where skills are refined and abilities are explored. As an integral part of the educational experience, it is the place where the students initiate contact with the public and receive invaluable feedback from a mostly impartial client base, all in a safe place. For you, aside from the obvious stress management value of the relaxation response you can check in on what techniques are currently being taught and practiced and who knows, maybe even pick up a new stroke or two.
The student clinic is just one great reason to return to school. If you still live in proximity to your massage alma mater, you may wish to reconnect with a favorite instructor. You may be invited to share your success story with a class or serve as a mentor or other resource for the current students. If you have relocated from where you trained, you might be able to find a school in or near your community where you might introduce yourself and network with administrators or faculty. You may find the school has a bookstore or retail outlet where you could find items of interest. It would certainly not be a wasted trip.
Speaking of trips, when traveling, a visit to a local massage school student clinic is a low-cost alternative to spa or out call service arranged through your hotel. When visiting a student clinic there are some general, common sense rules to keep in mind:
So, the next time you find yourself in need of a self-care strategy, send yourself back to school. You'll be glad you did!
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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