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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 09
Student Case Report Winners Announced
Massage Therapy Foundation Also Announces Editorial Changes at IJTMB
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Student Case Report Contest. According to the Foundation, the Student Case Report Contest exists to promote research literacy in massage therapy schools by encouraging instructors to integrate research into their schools' existing programs.The goal of the program is to encourage schools to come on board and support the program so students can learn to write effective research case reports and simultaneously begin to learn how to incorporate research into their future massage practices.
Each of the case reports reflected a different area of research and study into the effects of massage therapy on a variety of conditions. First place winner Mary Wakefield of the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, studied "The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." She receives a $2,500 cash prize contingent on undergoing the peer review process for publication in a scientific journal. She and her school supervisor also received a $1,000 stipend to attend the 2012 American Massage Therapy Association annual convention in Raleigh, NC, next month.
Second place was awarded to Heidie Furin of the Cortiva Institute-Seattle, for her case report entitled "Combination Structural and Swedish Massage on a Patient with Post-Operative Bunions." Third place went to Nicole Riou of Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada for her report on "Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind." Both the second and third place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,500 cash prizes respectively that are also contingent upon undergoing a peer review process for publication in a scientific journal.
The MTF also awarded two Honorable Mentions to Raeann Lisiecki for her report, "Investigating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Phantom Limb Sensation and Pain on a Double Amputee" and Danielle Van Holst for her report, "Massage Therapy Treatment for Scar of Post Tibia/Fibula Reconstructive Surgery and Fasciotomy." All participating students are encouraged to submit a poster abstract for the 2012 AMTA convention. Visit the MTF website for additional information on the submission process.
The Student Case Report Contest opens this month with a deadline of June 1, 2013. The Practitioner Case Report contest is open with a deadline of October, 1, 2012. For more information about the MTF and the student case report winners, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
Editorial Changes at IJTMB
The MTF also recently announced some editorial changes taking place at the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), the massage industry's open access scientific journal sponsored by the MTF. Antony Porcino, PhD, has taken over as Executive Editor after the departure in early 2012 of long-time previous editor Dr. Glenn Hymel. Dr. Hymel is now serving as the Journal's Senior Consulting Editor and Emeritus Founding Executive Editor. Dr. Porcino recently completed his PhD in health services research, specifically research design issues in complementary and alternative medicine. His thesis focused on how therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner's training and experience needs to be addressed in research design.
"Dr. Glenn Hymel's vision and leadership brought the IJTMB to a high level of acceptance in the scientific community in a remarkably short time," said MTF President Ruth Werner. "While we are excited to welcome Dr. Procino as the new Executive Editor, we are grateful that Dr. Hymel will continue to serve in an advisory capacity."
Another change was the addition of Albert Moraska, PhD, who joins the IJTMB as the Research Section Editor. Dr. Moraska is a past member of the MTF Board of Trustees and received his doctorate in Integrative Physiology in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and has been actively teaching and conducting research on massage therapy since 1994.
According to the MTF, "The Journal continues to push forward and make a name for itself within the massage and bodywork profession, evidenced by its inclusion in the indexes of PubMed Central, Quertle, the Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, Healthindex, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Hinari and Scopus."
The IJTMB is an open access, peer reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education and clinical practice. For more information or a free subscription, visit www.ijtmb.org.
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