Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Which of these health care professions is most closely aligned with massage?
Total Respondents: 413
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Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine The successful treatment utilizing acupuncture, in part, is involved with Tui-NA massage. It is the best encountering symptom with pain in certain conditions. In order to provide the best service of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist with strong background of herbal pharmacology is better alliance with high quality of massage therapist.
none of the above are health care professions
Chiropractic If the question were which "compliments" massage, I have found both as a patient of chiropractic care, and as an LMT/NMT working in chiropractic offices, that while massage therapy addresses soft tissue, chiropractic provides a great complement in addressing bony alignment. These two fields are naturals to work together, as the work from one directly supports the work of the other, allowing patients to reach a healthy balance sooner than if just one approach is used. Additionally, many of my clients use acupuncture in conjunction with massage, and find it beneficial. However, I believe chiropractic is more "aligned" with massage exactly because it is distinct from massage and most chiropractors do not personally perform massage as a part of their adjustments.
Chiropractic I work very closely with several Chiropractor who believe as I do, That it is our responsibility to get our patients healed as soon as possible. My work makes for easier, more long lasting adjustments, and being in alignment greatly reduces spasms.
Gary Vigeant, LMT
Naturopathy I think that Naturoathy is most closely aligned
with massage because Naturapathy deal's with
pathology ect. like
muscles,ligiments,tendons,facha once lengthend
in needed areas and yes contracted in others
promotes a balance. Therefore the vertebra
surounding the disc will hold. Naturopathy uses
manuplation of the soft tissue to coax the vertebra
to slid in to position with little or no pain. I worked
at our local health food for 3 years and have been
doing massage for 15 years . If the schooling was
with in my reach I would consider Naturopathy to
enhance my massage thearpy skill's. At that time
every one that had an apt. with Greg always had
great things to say about his
Naturopathy-massage skills this is why I wen't in
to massage. I could not beleve the graditude
Greg received, now I know the feeling, after 15
years of helping people help them-selves. I very
much admire his work, to advance alturnitive
medicine. And If I haden't allredy graduated from
H.E.C I would go to his medical massage
school. I wish him well in his new venture, well
maybe not so new Chiropractic. I think he got his
start in Naturapathy but don't quote me on that or
for that mater any of this information. I am just
going on my memory and we all know how
reliable that can be. After all that was about 18
Physical Therapy I feel that Physical Therapy is closest to massge due to the fact that they work with the muscles and use range of motion as well as stretches in rehabilitating clients.
I am in agreement with the person who wrote: "Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture, formally in the United States. ect...
We need to spot trying to divide, all have their purpose and none is better than the other! Why can't we all work together?? As a Massage Therapist I see all kinds of people and recommend all types of therapies, why shouldn't we? Too many people forget about the patients best interest and worry about their professions Name sake, and we should be trying to stop the person that gives less than their best and tries to cheat the system!
does this question have an answer? the only one i can think of is to delete physical therapy, and i'm not sure that is an unprejudiced response.
Chiropractic THEY have nearly single handedly made it possible for massage to beocme a profession worth doing.
Physical Therapy I really think massage therapy is in a field of its own. However I really think we are the best qualified to deal with issues of musculoskeletal pain & dysfuntion. We have the feel and understand the connection between mind, body, environment and spirit which is both a eastern and Ayurvedic concept. However I would like to see massage recognized by the health care industry which would include reimbursment by insurance companies and direct patient/client care.
Physical Therapy Ifeel that physical theraphy is a good approach. It has helped me.
Physical Therapy pt and massage are closer in function and purpose than the others because they both deal directly with muscular function and manipulation. Chiropratics are next in line but that's more of a joint manipulation.
Physical Therapy what's the purpose of this question?
From my perspective, each of the suggested healthcare professions could be more aligned with massage, depending on the style of massage one does.
Chiropractic Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture formally in the United States.
Chiropractors have shaped and developed both of these professions in the early years. In fact it was a chiropractor who gave the NCCAOM ( the national accrediting body for acupuncture) a $20,000 personal loan to bail them out of bankruptcy. This loan has yet to be repaid over almost 10 years later. Chiropractors currently stand side by side with the massage therapy profession. They educate massage therapists in their schools and employ their specialty in their practices. This question is clearly aimed at dividing the strong bond between the chiropractic and massage communities so that the clinical acupuncturists can userp massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture for themselves. The clinical acupuncturists want to control all these professions when they have created none of them in the United States. Don't be fooled be the rhetoric of this question. It is meant to divide and weaken two professions (massage and chiropractic) who have been great friends from their beginings. The editors of Massage Today, Dynamic Chiropractic, and Acupuncture Today (all the same group, by the way)should stop trying to create a war between professions. They should nurture the relationship amoung professions so that we can come up with unified research that would benefit all of our patients. The clinical acupuncturists this crazy rhetoric that damages professional relations and is clearly only for their own professional self interests. It is dispicable to think of professions over patients.
Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine Massage and Acupunture/Oriental Medicine has been around for over 5000 yearson and has healed more people throughout the ages than any other medical specialty. The relationship of the two is as close
as yin and yang and should be practiced together for the best possible results. (Having a background in) Neuromuscular Massage and Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine gives such a total understanding of pain syndromes from the unique perspective of two separate (East/West) but coinciding systems that has a synergistic effect on the human body.
Stephen Young,AP,LMT (FL)
Physical Therapy This question is ambiguous (perhaps intentionally so). "Aligned" can mean "putting oneself on one side of an issue." This would suggest that the other health care profession shares certain principles with massage therapists. On the other hand, "aligned" could just have a spatial meaning, suggesting that massage and the other profession cover the same area (clients and conditions treated, techniques used, etc). If the second meaning is intended, I would say that PT clearly shows more overlap and similarity to massage therapy.
Chiropractic I think both Physical Therapy & Chiropractics equally rely on massage to ready the patient for their treatment
Physical Therapy PT's are handcuffed by procedures, protocols & insurance. Massage therapists are becoming known as soft tissue experts. We are able to spend more "one-on-one" time working with patients than most healthcare professionals. Direct access will be an area for the massage therapy profession to defend in the future!
Should there be a different license or classification for a medical/clinical massage therapist?
B. Hal Richardson LMT, NCTMB