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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2017

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READER FORUM C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 11 EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO EDITOR@ABMP.COM. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND THE CITY AND STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY. READER FORUM MUSCLE MATHEMATICS In the email ABMP sent out to promote the November/December 2016 issue of Massage & Bodywork, I noticed a fuzzy fact in the cover story blurb. While it is true that there are "more than 100 muscles" in the human body, it's more accurate to say that there are more than 600 muscles. RICK ROSEN SILER CITY, NORTH CAROLINA From author Joseph Muscolino, DC: Rick is entirely correct that there are far more muscles in the human body than the "more than 100 muscles" that I chose to cite. However, I still feel justified in using that number. Many of the "more than 600 muscles" that he would prefer I had asserted are muscles such as pharyngeal muscles and muscles of the tongue, etc., that although incredibly important, are not really of clinical significance to manual therapists. If we look at my textbook, The Muscular System Manual, the Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 4th ed., I cover approximately 173 muscles. Or if we look at Andrew Biel's Trail Guide to the Body, 162 muscles are covered. Now, of course, we could technically double either of those numbers given that each muscle (with the possible exception of the diaphragm) is paired, but that does not seem necessary given I am referring to "named muscles." So, all in all, I feel that choosing "more than 100 muscles," was both technically correct and also captured the spirit and context of the article. JOSEPH MUSCOLINO, DC STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT CUPPING AND CLEANLINESS In the November/December 2016 issue of Massage & Bodywork, Kim Bonsteel rightly reminded therapists doing cupping to practice medical cautions and contraindications for the safety of their clients. For my own practice, I wipe the cups with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, then wash them with mild kitchen detergent, and rinse them with cold water to remove the residual disinfectant after each treatment session. I do not boil the cups because the heat will hasten the deterioration of the rubber seals. SAMUEL WONG SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA RESONATING WITH MINDFUL MONEY The latest issue of Massage & Bodywork is one of my recent favorites. The Mindful Money column this year has been the most valuable column I've read in the history of being a member (since 1999). I truly hope it will be continuing. Our beliefs and feelings about money determine our success as massage therapists far more than our knowledge of technique, anatomy, or research findings. I'm using Jennie Hastings's quote from an earlier installment of the series this year as a personal affirmation: "When we reach for what we want, what we don't want falls away of its own accord." As healers, we are sometimes challenged to own our value, which results in not making the living we desire and deserve. This topic is so imperative to the success of our field that I'd love to see it implemented in all beginning massage training. I can't wait for the next installment! CATH COX AURORA, COLORADO I just read Jennie Hastings's column titled "Show Your Money You Care" in the July/ August 2016 Massage & Bodywork [page 36], and I loved it. I thought it was well written and definitely resonated true to heart with me. I have issues with money. I love what she wrote: "You might feel like looking at your money situation will only show you what you do not have." That is so true and so sad for me. That explains why I put off bookkeeping— because when I have to deal with the numbers, I wish it was a greater amount. NGUYET HOWARD SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

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