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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industry News for Performance Health
Biofreeze®, Massage Envy Spa® and Bon Vital'® Announce New Massage Therapy Student Grant Program
The Successful Hands Grant Program™, launched through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze®, Massage Envy Spa® and Bon Vital'®, supports the professional massage therapy student and their schools. Students can apply for one of five $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.
The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What does being a successful massage therapist mean to me?” Applications must be received by October 15, 2014 and will be accepted online at www.SuccessfulHandsGrants.com beginning June 1, 2014.
The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies, licensing, association membership or to purchase product and equipment. A team of industry representatives will review the submissions to choose the five winners. Winners will be notified no later than December 1, 2014.
“Since our inception, Massage Envy Spa has been dedicated and committed to massage therapy schools and students. The work that students are learning is very important for the health and wellness of Americans across this country,” stated CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. “We believe deeply in the healing power of touch and commend massage therapy students for choosing this life-changing career. Submit an application, inspire us with your hopes and aspirations, and you may be one of the lucky recipients of a Successful Hands grant.”
“We recognize that the health, vitality and strength of any profession are a function of the people who make up that profession. By supporting massage schools and their students, we know that we’re making an investment that benefits us all,” added Marshal Dahneke, President and CEO, Performance
Health/Biofreeze and Bon Vital' brands. “We encourage all massage therapy students to participate in this program and wish them all the best of luck.”
View the program announcement video here.
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About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa is the pioneer and national leader of affordable massage and spa services. Nearly a decade ago, Massage Envy Spa was launched to create a completely new category in the wellness industry. Our intention was to promote a healthy lifestyle through affordable massage and spa services. As it turned out, people liked this idea and there are now over 950 Massage Envy Spa locations in the United States. After almost 3 million facials, 70 million massages and nearly a decade as the industry leader, Massage Envy Spa holds true to our mission: To provide a pathway to wellness through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services.
About Biofreeze Pain Reliever
Biofreeze® Pain Reliever is the #1 clinically used and recommended topical analgesic. For over 20 years, Biofreeze products have been helping people reduce their pain and manage discomfort. This market leading topical analgesic provides relief for millions of individuals suffering from sore or strained muscles, shoulder and arm discomfort, neck, hip and leg pain, back pain, painful joints, ankle and foot pain, and pain associated with bruising or arthritis.
About Bon Vital'
At Bon Vital', we use science and innovation to create products that are not only wellness for the skin, but also good for the environment, ensuring a better world for all of us to live in. Founded in 1988, the Bon Vital' laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to bringing health care professionals superior quality and all natural & organic products. We design, manufacture and package all of our products in-house from formulas that we have developed.
About Performance Health
Featuring leading brands like Biofreeze®, Bon Vital'® Prossage® and TheraBand™, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the massage, therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, podiatric and performance markets.