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I t p a y s t o b e A B M P C e r t i f i e d : w w w. a b m p . c o m / g o / c e r t i f i e d c e n t r a l 13 MASSAGE DETECTIVES When I read Whitney Lowe's most recent article ["Darren's Back and Leg Pain," May/June 2014, page 100], I thought to myself, "How many times have I had clients come in with this low-back complaint, with pain running down the leg?" If only I knew a little bit more about the assessments, I could have been of more help. I know these complaints can come from so many sources, but sometimes it's hard to know which one. Thank you for passing on your knowledge and for making it fun to be a detective as I investigate the pain to fi gure out if massage and manual therapy can be of help. NGUYET "VIKKI" HOWARD SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS THRIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER I just wanted to tell you that I truly appreciated Ruth Werner's article in Massage & Bodywork on bipolar disorder (BD) ["Bipolar Disorder: Living at the Edge of Experience," May/June 2014, page 42]. My wife and I are both thrivers with BD; my wife has type I and I have type II. We are both massage therapists. I am a big supporter of educating people about BD and debunking the myths and misconceptions about the disorder. If there is anything we can help you with please let us know! Thank you for helping us fi ght the good fi ght! ROSS OLIVER BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN MASSAGE THERAPIST VS. MASSEUSE I don't see why some people take offense at being called a "masseuse" ["From Falling in Love to Falling Asleep," by Charlotte Michael Versagi, March/April 2014, page 72]. It's French for "a woman who gives massages, especially as a profession" ("masseur" is the male version). I fi nd nothing offensive about that description, and am happy to be labeled so. I certainly wouldn't embarrass or chastise someone publicly for not assigning me the more "respectable" massage therapist title. If someone has the wrong idea about what a masseuse does, that's their ignorance to own, not mine. I resisted the "therapist" label for a long time because I think "therapist" implies a lot of things, like maybe you have to be sick to look for one, instead of just stressed out, tired, or in need of overall relaxation. Please don't judge us "masseuses" harshly! SUSAN STONE LAS VEGAS, NEVADA READER FORUM PRODUCT SAFETY "Safety First: Look Twice at Products You Use Daily" [March/April 2014, page 36] just showed the tip of the iceberg. I learned from Gayle MacDonald years ago in one of her classes to research what's in the bottle. Since then, I look at all the ingredients in my makeup, soap, food, and massage products, and I know where my essential oils come from. FAYE MAKARSKY SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS KUDOS I am really benefi tting from the magazine's focus on specifi c structura l approaches to injuries, muscle groups, joint dynamics, etc., and I've found Douglas Nelson's articles [Table Lessons] to be some of the best in this regard. JENNIFER REINBRECHT DENVER, COLORADO 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. Although it may be hard to believe after reading this, I have never been tossed out of the profession or reprimanded by a state board. But in 17 years of practicing massage therapy, I have made some whopping errors. The following are absolutely true stories in which I goofed. Big time. As you start shaking your head and thinking you'd never make mistakes like this, understand that I'm a textbook author, I have a thriving private medical massage practice, and I have spoken nationwide on lymphatic, medical, and oncology massage. If I can make these mistakes, perhaps you can use the following as a road map to keep yourself out of trouble. 72 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a r c h / a p r i l 2 0 1 4 I t p a y s t o b e A B M P C e r t i f i e d : w w w. a b m p . c o m / g o / c e r t i f i e d c e n t r a l 73 Professional Land Mines Every Bodyworker Should Avoid to Falling Asleep Falling in Love From By Charlotte Michael Versagi article ["Darren's Back and Leg Pain," May/June 2014, page

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