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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.).
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.