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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
March, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 03
Massage Under the Microscope
The Massage Therapy Foundation uses research to move the profession forward.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
For almost 25 years, the Massage Therapy Foundation has been working to educate the massage therapists about the world of research.An industry survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) in 2013, found that between July 2011 and July 2012, roughly 34.5 million adult Americans had a massage at least onceand the U.S. Department of Labor expects employment for massage therapists to increase by about 20 percent by the year 2020, faster than average for all occupations.
As more people take advantage of the health benefits of massage therapy, it is perhaps more important than every for therapists to understand those benefits in a deeper way. And that's where the MTF comes in with its case report contests and research literacy courses for therapists and educators. One key to the success of the MTF has been its strong leadership and dedicated volunteers. With a change in leadership taking place this month, Massage Today recently spoke with both outgoing President Ruth Werner and President-Elect Jerrilyn Cambron about the successess of the past and the MTF's hopes for the future.
Massage Today: What are you most proud of during your tenure as president?
Ruth Werner: I am extremely proud of the relationship the MTF has built and solidified with the AMTA. The AMTA is our founding member and our largest donor. Over the years that relationship has had its ups and downs and some tense times when the ground seemed to shift under our feet. With the help of great leadership from the AMTA Board of Directors, the then-Executive Director of both organizations Shelly Johnson, along with AMTA and MTF staff, we were able to hash out a whole new type of relationship that demonstrates the MTF's financial viability and provides some security about our future, while maximizing the value of the AMTA's gift—which now includes a generous annual grant to be dedicated to a research project. This new relationship will also allow—even encourage—the MTF to continue building strong relationships with other industry supporters, which is of course a best practice for a non-profit foundation.
MT: What do you wish had happened during your presidency that didn't?
RW: Just a few months after I became the president, we were informed that AMTA financial support for the Foundation would be substantially curtailed. And two months after that, our Executive Director unexpectedly submitted her resignation. These events obviously left the Foundation in a very precarious position. We were lucky to get a wonderful new Director in Shelly Johnson and we were able to get approval to hire a professional development manager to help us in our fundraising. But, I had really hoped — unrealistically it turned out — to see donations to the MTF grow from around $180,000 a year to $1,000,000. The truth is, we have about 300,000 massage therapists in the country. If each one of them wrote a check each year for $5 to the Foundation, we'd be there. Imagine what we could do if every massage therapist donated the value of just one massage each year: we'd be granting millions of dollars to massage therapy research every year. I still think it's possible, but we're not there yet.
MT: What are the top goals the MTF has achieved that you feel has had the most impact on the massage profession?
RW: In the history of the MTF, I'd say that some of its most profoundly impactful projects include:
MT: How involved will you continue to be in the work of the MTF?
RW: I will continue to be very involved with the Foundation. In my year as IPP, I will serve on all the committees I've been on (actually, more), but I won't have to lead all the meetings. And after my IPP year is up, I'll look around to see if the MTF needs a new voice, or if I can be more useful staying in place. I know I'll never be short of volunteer opportunities!
It has been a great honor to be the MTF president. People sometimes feel they need to thank me for my service, but I feel it has been a great pleasure and privilege. That said, I have to thank everyone. Thank you to the Board of Trustees, who have tolerated me and supported me at the helm for four years.
Thank you to the AMTA staff and leadership, who have made space in their hearts, budgets and office space, so that the Foundation can serve the profession. Thanks and confidence to Jerrilyn Cambron, who steps into this position this month — she's going to be amazing. And most of all, thanks to the amazing MTF staff, especially our own Executive Director Gini Ohlson. Without them, nothing would happen. We'd be a lot of enthusiastic volunteers with great ideas but no capacity. Gini and her staff turn those ideas and good will into the contracts, grant money, publications and outreach that is the work of the MTF.
MT: What are your top priorities and/or goals as you take the reigns as president?
Jerrilyn Cambron: I am so honored to be stepping into the position of President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. My background is in research and public health, so when I found out that the mission of the Foundation focused on research, education and community service, I was instantly attracted.
As the next president, my top priority is to increase the visibility of what the Foundation has to offer the profession. I am excited to share information about the research studies we have funded, the case report contests, the numerous articles on research, the community service grants awarded and the research literacy educational programs. We are a Foundation that was created to support the profession and I want to continue making strides in that direction.
Other goals would include continuing to improve research literacy within the profession, strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations through research-related interests and developing ways for therapists in the field to better access and utilize the research findings in this profession.
MT: What's on the horizon this year for the MTF?
JC: One of the most exciting events is that the Massage Therapy Foundation will be represented at the John Hancock Boston Marathon. We will have three runners raising funds for the Foundation. In addition, our three runners from last year will return to run due to the unfortunate bombings during last year's race. The three new runners include Kathy Laskye (ABMP), Kristen Lutz (AMTA) and Karen Moers (Massage Envy); and the previous runners who have agreed to run the marathon again this year include Kathy Borsuk (AMTA), Les Sweeney (ABMP) and Thomas Heidenberger (Bon Vital). We are so proud of these runners and thankful for all the funds they have raised for us.
Our writing workgroup has many interesting articles planned that will help the profession better understand what the published research says on various topics. Our case report contests are going strong with the student case reports due June 1, 2014 and the practitioner case reports due October 1, 2014. Our research grant deadline is March 3, 2014 and our community service grant deadline is April 1, 2014. Our Foundation-sponsored journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (www.IJTMB.org), continues to go strong as the only massage-focused online journal (and it doesn't cost anything to access). Finally, we will be in attendance at many of the conferences and conventions throughout the year. If you want regular updates of what is going on with the Foundation and what conferences we will be attending, please feel free to sign up for our blog posts (www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/blog/).
MT: Why is the mission of the MTF important for the massage therapy profession?
JC: The vision of the Foundation is that "the practice of massage therapy is evidence-informed and accessible to everyone." In order to support that vision, our Foundation's mission is "to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service." All three of these areas are important for advancement of a profession, particularly research. Scientific research is essential for credibility of a profession, and it is important for massage therapists to be aware of the research that is published. The Foundation's focus is to bring more research to the field and also assist the practitioners in the field with accessing and understanding the findings.
The Massage Therapy Foundation has been successful throughout the years because of its amazing people. We have had many great presidents including: Dr. Grace Chan, Dr. Janet Kahn, John Baletto, Diana Thompson and Ruth Werner. Their leadership has been instrumental in developing the Foundation into the strong organization that it is.
During the past four years, Ruth Werner has moved the Foundation to the next level. She has put her heart and soul into this organization and her tremendous efforts have paid off. The Foundation's staff members and Gini Ohlson, our Executive Director, who has been with the Foundation for 15 years, have been influential in its success. Finally, we have many volunteers on the Board and within our committees who put in time and effort in order to help the Foundation move the profession forward.
Our people make the Foundation what it is, and we are very proud to represent this profession. If you would like to join the Foundation's efforts, please feel free to contact us at www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
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