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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 You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Another type of setting I work at Logan Airport in Boston, MA, doing Chair Massage. I enjoy working on the people there, because the absolute amount of stress just being in there is apparent to travelers, and they tend to absorb it. I do my best to help them be less stressful while working with them to relax. I am glad to report that it is working. I look forward going to work!
Both spa/clinical settings Dear Massage Today, I have been working as an HHP. for 4 yrs.Due to my spa moving locations in july.I have been denied a permit to work in the city of San Diego due to misinformation from there vice department about what was needed to apply with them and their new laws that took affect in july of this year.I had approval from the police dept. and business license in june before the new law took affect.I need help.I am now out of work with 3 kids and miss my job. Maby you can find someone to help me I have tried all my resources avalable to me.Please Help If YouCan.
Sincerly Karen Flickinger Mt.HHP in Ca. P.S There the only city requiring National Certification for MT.HHP to work in the city I don't mind taking the test but I have no money and takes alot of time to apply. 2 to 4 months with out a job I will not be able to apply. I have had a job with Primos day spa for almost two years.Please contact me.
Clinical setting Save your Doc's $ :
Many of you may be unaware of this in Florida. The Dr. DOES NOT NEED A MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE!.
Only if the LMT is doing their own clients in his (the doc's) office is this license required.
I was fooled by this law for 17 yrs. @ $150.00 per year.
Pass this on. The Doc will love you!.
Dr. Ron >www.DrGrassi.com<
So far, I've been privileged to work in a large,light studio in my home. This can't last (I'm relocating) but it has been ideal. P.S. I just graduated in June 01. JVH
i work in a spa setting, and have done so for the past 3 1/2 years....the spa i work at allows us the freedom to shape our sessions to our clients needs - be it clinical or purely relaxation. i am free to have any clients come to the spa for their sessions, even if they are not hotel guests. i enjoy my wide range of clientele, and as a divorced parent of two young children, i find that having the spa responsible for booking my work and handling the currency allows me maximum time to devote to my client's, as well as my daughters' needs. It is also important to mention that i am not an employee of the spa, i am an independent contractor.
Another type of setting Onsite or outdoor events, or an environment that suggests that is what is happening is much more to my liking. I find many spas and clinics too sterile, too formal and cold for the type of work we do.
Clinical setting Currently I work in a Spa setting and a Chiropractor's office. I must say that I love the chiropactors office, why? because I work on the patients and feel that it is VERY rewarding to faciliate their "healing" process. I do not like working in a Spa, why? because I get the sense that the general public is very rude and tends to view us therapist as a "cabana boy" in other words they have NO RESPECT for massage therapists!
Clinical and Private
Clinically and privately
Clinical setting Clinical in nature but not aesthetically. It is important that my patients feel that they can relax within my environment. Too much "medicalness" is not conducive to relaxation and healing.
Another type of setting I enjoy the charms and luxuriousness of the spa I work at but much prefer working directly out of my own home.
Spa setting I'm responding to this month's question:"Which is the most important issue to be addressed by the massage profession?" Personally,I feel that the critical issue is standards & hours of training required for entry-level in the profession. I appreciate that more acceptance by the medical world offers opportunities to practice medical massage, but should this be a mandatory part of basic training? We see a move toward more & more educational hours (NY's move to 1000 & COMTA's increase to 750), which in my opinion are quite unnecessary to practice Swedish, relaxation massage. Not all students are interested in pursuing a career in medical massage so why force this study upon them? I propose that basic training begin with 300 hours of Swedish massage theory & practice, included within those hours would be an intro to A&P and contraindications. After that why not have training modules which the student can choose from to complete the 500 hour NCBTMB criteria? 200 hours seems the right amount for a basic spa, clinical, or energy program. I strongly believe that any bodywork labelled rehabilitative or medical in nature MUST require advanced training & possibly even an internship before working on the public. It is inappropriate to require entry-level practitioners to have the depth of knowledge & experience necessary to practice at that advanced level. I'd love to hear from others on this!
Hobe Sound, FL
Another type of setting I prefer my own business, I have done the Spa thing, and the Chiropractors office, and a Gym. NO THANK YOU!I have set up my office to work with me. I can receive the same calls at home (forward my calls) to a business line, therefore the client does not know I am at home, More professional. I can work the hours I need to, no waiting around to see if I am going to work or not, plus I get paid what I am worth, and my clients are more comfortable. When you work for someone else it is just that... Someone else. You don't put in the time and effort to build, Like wise it is very hard to build a business and must have the capital to hang in there til your business gets off the ground. Then there is the BIG PICTURE.... If you are into Massage for the Money, GET OUT! If you are there to help people, Then it is your calling. Then the money will come but when you work for someone else, the buttom line is, like all big businesses... money first, and you can't get away from that.
I LOVE WHAT I DO AND WOULDN'T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD!
Another type of setting I like working in a large massage practice with lots of specialized techniques - CST, MLD, etc. This gives me the opportunity to experience each therapists' individual specialties. It gives each of us the opportunity to trade massages more often. We are also able to recommend other therapies that might benefit our clients in addition to what we ourselves might do for them.
Another type of setting i prefer to work in my own business. i enjoy doing treatment work, and not having to do what is prescibed by a doctor. if doctors were also trained as cmts i would love to work for one.
Another type of setting Does somebody have to be dressed when they are there or when they get to the room can they get undress and then lay on the table.please e-mail me back
Clinical setting I am a resent graduate from a 2200 hr program out of Canada and I am beginning my practise in the states. I believe the only way to gain credibility and respect from other health care professionals and insurance companies is to practice massage therapy in a clinical setting.