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Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
October, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 10
Highlights from the World Massage Festival
By CG Funk, LMT
The World Massage Festival is always full of colorful, engaged attendees, passionate exhibitors and diverse education providers. All of this makes the Festival a valuable event for massage therapists and bodyworkers. And, for me, the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame is always the highlight.
The Massage Therapy Hall of Fame was created by Mike Hinkle. Each year at the World Massage Festival, a ceremony is held to induct the recipients into the Hall of Fame. Since 2006, Mike and his team have been committed to seeking out massage therapists, bodyworkers, authors, teachers and other massage industry representatives that, through their work, have furthered the massage therapy profession. What is unique about the selection process, is many of the inducted Hall of Famers have worked quietly in their cities and states and receiving this incredible recognition is very often the first time they have been in the national spotlight.
The Hall of Fame ceremony is so inspiring. To be present as each inductee is recognized, awarded and speaks about their passion for massage therapy and bodywork is an experience to cherish and touches the heart in so many ways.I have always believed it is important for massage therapists and bodyworkers to know their roots. And for the massage profession, our roots lead us back to the gifted, skillful and compassionate hands, hearts and minds of those who did the work before us.
These leaders, innovators, teachers and creators have given us many of the philosophies, modalities and techniques we have today. The Hall of Famers represent all facets of our profession and come from many walks of life. Some have worked quietly without seeking a grander spotlight. Others burst onto the national scene with brilliance and passion. And, there is one thing they all have in common: a deep, internal, soulful knowledge of what it truly means to connect with another human being simply through the laying on of hands and an unwavering belief in the healing power of touch.
This year, at the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony, there were twenty-four inductees. From teachers, to marketers, school founders, authors, to modality creators, the wide breadth of knowledge and experience in the group was unquestionable. While this short article doesn't have the space to list all the inductees experience and contributions, here is a brief overview of the new Hall of Famers.
Gertrude Beard (1887-1971) – an army nurse who promoted the use of massage for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.
Mark Beck – involved in the massage profession since 1974, with a history that includes two posts as a school director and authoring books including Visual Guide to Swedish Massage, Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage (now in its 5th edition).
Carol Carpenter-Ayala – founder of the National Holistic Institute and a practicing massage therapist since the early 1970s among all her other wild woman and incredible world adventures.
Bruno Chikly, MD, DO – extensively studied and practiced osteopathic techniques and dozens of other modalities in Europe and the United States. Author of Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy and international teacher.
Patricia Donohue – 45 year career in spa and health clubs and a medical massage expert.
Joe Ferguson – a massage therapist since 1965 and a lifetime of activism including being a part of lobbying the State of New York to adopt massage therapist licensure legislation.
Michael Reed Gach – founder of the Acupressure Institute and author of several books including best seller Acupressure's Potent Points.
Jim Hackett (1950-2014) – 30 years of experience as a massage therapist and teacher, co-founder of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and owner/director of MSTM.
Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio – a KumuLomilomi and Kahu and an Instructor of Hawaiian Healing Arts. She is also the co-founder of Hawaii Healing Arts College in Oahu.
Eeris Kallil – a practicing massage therapist since 1985 and with expertise in many massage styles. She was a teacher of Zen-Shiatsu and Movement at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy for nine years and developed and teaches "Alignment Technique Massage for Breast Cancer."
Karen Kowal – a registered nurse and practicing massage therapist since 1994. She is the developer of Mother Earth Pillows and a continuing education provider.
Stephen Kreger – a massage therapist since 1992 with a working history that includes primary therapist for the Bone and Join Center at St Paul Medical Center, manager and therapist at Genesis Rehabilitation and an owner and operator of a day spa.
Janelle Lakman – a massage therapist with a journey that includes learning Native American traditional methods of healing. She is an instructor for Stone Medicine.
Thomas Liberto – a graduate of the Texas Institute of Reflex Sciences in 1977 and a rich history that includes teaching, presenting and writing within the massage profession.
James Mennell (1880-1957) – served as the medical officer lecturing on massage therapy at the Training School of St Thomas Hospital and published author of Physical Treatment by Movement, Manipulation and Massage.
Ilse Middendorf (1910-2009) – developed "The Experience of Breath," a unique form of breath education. This artistic form of breathing education continues to receive international attention for its effectiveness as a somatic healing process.
Ron Phelan – A remedial based therapist trained in Bowen Technique. He organized an official monument to Tom Bowen and continues to run the "Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund."
Alex Spassoff, BA, LMT – a massage therapist since 1976 and director of the SunCoast Massage Therapy Center. Tom is a founding board member of the International Academy on NeuroMuscular Therapies.
Marty Swager – an accountant by trade with a career in the massage industry spanning 19 years. He has been and continues to be a dedicated advocate for the profession.
Frances Tappan (1915-1999) – an associate dean of the School of Allied Health at the University of Connecticut. Her publications included several books on massage techniques, including Massage Techniques – A Case Method Approach.
Lisa Upledger – vice president of The Upledger Institute. She's a doctor of chiropractic medicine, maintains a successful practice and teaches clinical courses in CranioSacral Therapy.
Brian Utting – massage therapist and founder of the Brian Utting School of Massage, considered one of the best massage schools in the country.
M. Susan Walsh – a practicing certified massage therapist and a continuing education provider of ancient Ayurvedic modalities in the United States.
Beth-ellen Zang – a massage therapist and practioner of heath care for several decades. She has a clinical medical massage practice and has taught massage modalities since 1983.
Congratulations to all Hall of Famers! And, deep thanks to Mike Hinkle for creating this great program. Mike's love and passion shines through in everything he does himself to further the massage therapy profession for us all.
CG Funk is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising. Her responsibilities include developing national therapist/esthetician recruiting/retention strategies, developing and testing new service and model offerings and implementing national public relations programs and campaigns. CG has been actively involved in the massage therapy industry since 1992 as a therapist, instructor, curricula and program developer, writer and presenter, corporate trainer and school administrator. She's also a licensed massage therapist in Arizona and California and an advanced cranial sacral therapist.
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