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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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.