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The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
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.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
Industry News for American Massage Therapy Association
AMTA Recaps Successful National Convention
AMTA Convention in Ft. Worth, TX Highlights
Consumer Awareness Program, Affordable Care Act & Massage, Special Awards, Donation to Foundation
Association Creates Bob King Student Scholarship
Featuring a video review of its ongoing consumer awareness program, an inspiring keynote speaker and a panel of experts on health care integration, the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) national convention brought together some 1,300 participants from September 25 to 28 in Ft. Worth, Texas. The association also announced it has named its Student Scholarship in honor of Bob King, and presented a ceremonial check for $450,000 to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Attendees had access to more than 35 continuing education classes featuring special programming options for students, teachers and researchers; and, they were able to enjoy the products and services of a wealth of exhibitors in the AMTA Exhibit Marketplace. They also could follow convention events through the AMTA iPhone and Android app designed to help them find their way around the convention.
The opening session of the convention included a video presentation on the association’s commitment to increasing consumer awareness of the health benefits of massage therapy. Since it began its media relations program in May 2012, the association has reached hundreds of millions with its information. This year, the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour and targeted advertising engaged 20 metropolitan areas in 14 states, reached an audience of 46 million potential clients, and worked with nearly 100 member volunteers.
AMTA President Winona Bontrager announced that just days before, the AMTA Board of Directors had voted to name its Student Scholarship in honor of the late Bob King, a former AMTA national president and pioneer in the education of massage therapists. In her presentation of the ceremonial check to the Massage Therapy Foundation, Bontrager reinforced AMTA’s commitment to be the primary benefactor of the foundation, reflecting AMTA’s own research goals.
Keynote speaker Doc Hendley spoke to the power of pursuing your passion to overcome obstacles and staying focused on serving others. His amazing story of changing his life to bring fresh water to poor people throughout the world moved the audience, especially when he acknowledged that massage therapists already have decided their work is about helping people feel better.
AMTA continued its very successful Student Day program, with more than 200 students attending information sessions on planning for their careers and learning good business practices. More than 30 students from Missouri traveled overnight by bus to attend the daylong activities. This included students visiting the exhibit hall and interacting with experienced massage therapists throughout the day. Many of the students had opportunities to talk with the authors of their textbooks, making their visit especially exciting.
During the convention, the association’s House of Delegates approved a position statement to express AMTA’s view on how a growing body of research indicates the value of massage for anxiety.
A special convention closing session focused on the meaning of the Affordable Care Act for massage therapists. Four nationally-recognized experts on Medicare, insurance reimbursement, legal implications of the Act and how integrative therapies are impacted provided a 2 ½ hour continuing education class on the subject.
AMTA Recognizes Volunteers
The Awards Ceremony for AMTA volunteers is an important part of the opening session of the annual convention, as individuals and chapters are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the association and the profession. The Distinguished Service Award was given to Lori Keith of New Jersey. She was especially recognized for her dedication and commitment to serving AMTA members and for her special efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
Rick Rosen of North Carolina was recognized with the President’s Award. Also receiving recognition for 30 years as an AMTA member, Rosen was acknowledged for all he has contributed to the massage therapy profession.
Other individual award recipients include:
Rick Garbowski (GA) – Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year
Xerlan Deery (PA) – Mentor of the Year Award
Richard Lomeli (CA) – Sports Massage Achiever Award
Michaele Colizza (RI) – Humanitarian Award
Scott Raymond (CT) – Government Relations Activist Award
John Combe (OR) – National Meritorious Award
A complete list of individual and chapter award recipients will be available soon on the AMTA website at www.amtamassage.org.
AMTA members convene for their convention each year for educational workshops, information about current research on the efficacy of massage, association business meetings and a tradeshow. All massage therapists, massage therapy educators and students are welcome. The AMTA 2014 national convention will be held in Denver, Colorado September 17-20.
October 20-26, 2013 is AMTA’s annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week®, which promotes information on the benefits of massage therapy and the professionalism of AMTA members to the public.