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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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