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Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
CranioSacral Therapy Outlawed in Mississippi?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB and Rebecca J. Razo
Mississippi law governing massage therapy prohibits therapists from engaging in the "manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue," and it appears that the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT) has lumped CranioSacral Therapy (CST) into this definition as a prohibited massage therapy practice.
Massage Today first learned of the situation from Mississippi therapist Brenda Eiland, NCTMB, RMT.Ms. Eiland, who studied Visionary CranioSacral work at the Milne Institute in Big Sur, Calif., was alarmed when she discovered that the Milne Institute application to become a Mississippi CEU provider was denied. A letter signed by MSBMT Executive Director Beverly Limbaugh to the institute stated that its program "does not meet the requirements for approval."1,2 Eiland subsequently contacted the MSBMT to find out if practicing CST in Mississippi was illegal.
"I didn't get a straight answer," she said. Instead, she received an e-mail from Limbaugh stating, "Our law does not permit the movement of osseous tissue" [emphasis ours].3 Unsatisfied with the response, Eiland contacted the Mississippi attorney general's office for a clearer explanation, wherein she received a response from Leyser Hayes, the special assistant attorney general representing the MSBMT. He stated: "Mississippi Law does not permit the movement of osseous tissue [CranioSacral Therapy has been defined by the board to involve this movement] ... Section 73-67-7 (h) Miss. Code Ann. (1972) as amended ... defines what massage means for purposes of the practice of same in Mississippi."4
Mississippi law §73-67-7(h) provides the following definition of massage:
Subsequent inquiries by Eiland and Massage Today to the MSBMT about the practice of CST were referred to the new Mississippi "Scope of Practice" rule, which was mailed to Mississippi therapists in September.
Generally, scope-of-practice statements outline permissible practices for legally operating massage therapists. Mississippi's scope of practice, however, only states what cannot be performed legally. The new scope of practice says:
Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn contacted the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and the executive director of the MSBMT: "Osseous tissue manipulation or adjustment are typically terms referring to chiropractic or osteopathic high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrusts or techniques," Mr. Korn said in a letter. "Is it the interpretation of the board that 'manipulation or adjustment' is synonymous with 'movement'? I noticed in your listing of continuing education providers that all of John Barnes' myofascial release seminars were approved, and CranioSacral Therapy is an integral part of his teachings. Please ... confirm or deny the legality of a trained CranioSacral therapist to practice under the Mississippi Professional Massage Therapy Act," he added.7
In its response to Korn, the MSBMT stated the "Attorney general's office does not speak for the board of massage therapy. The Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy speaks through its minutes." Again, Korn was referred to the Mississippi scope of practice rule.8
In a final attempt at clarification, Massage Today asked the MSBMT if the attorney general's office was incorrect in stating that "movement" of osseous tissue is illegal.9 In a written response, MSBMT President Lynn Cox stated: "The board has not interpreted any particular modality as the manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue, but rather, reiterated in its statement on scope of practice that any technique that manipulates or adjusts osseous tissue is in violation of the law that governs massage therapists, as well as laws that govern other professionals. If the board ruled that one couldn't do CranioSacral, the name would probably be changed to SacralCranio, wouldn't it? The law has not changed. Massage therapists in Mississippi are prevented from the manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue, regardless of one's 'expert' training."10
But according to Eiland, Cox's statement is untrue: "They have indeed signaled out a modality, as proved by the e-mail from [Hayes] and a message for me [from Limbaugh, stating] 'you cannot practice CranioSacral work as a massage therapist in Mississippi.' "11
Still, the MSBMT has yet to define the terms "manipulation" or "adjustment." In a letter to the MSBMT, Dr. John Upledger, Massage Today columnist, stated, "CranioSacral Therapy does not incorporate any techniques that involve direct osseous manipulation, mobilization or adjustments. Instead, practitioners focus on releasing restrictions in the soft-tissue, fascia and musculature that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. How can I be so sure? Because I developed CranioSacral Therapy and coined the name... ."12
Despite repeated requests, the fact remains that the MSBMT has continued to be vague in responding to questions related to the practice of CST in Mississippi. It remains unclear if the MSBMT is defining the terms "manipulation" and "adjustment" to mean HVLA thrusts - or something more. Look for updates of this situation in future issues of Massage Today.
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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