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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
By James "Doc" Clay, MMH, NCTMB
All the foofaraw over the Great Election Debacle of 2000 made me think a lot about polarizations, and especially about the great polarization in massage therapy and bodywork: the anti-certification, anti-licensure folks vs.the certification and licensure supporters; or, at the extremes that polarization seems to force upon us, the wild-eyed anarchists vs. the compulsive organizers.
The big problem with polarization is that everyone is right. In this case, the anarchists are right that the great strength of massage therapy and bodywork lies in freedom and variety, and that the marketplace will gradually separate the wheat from the chaff. The organizers are right that official credentials will (rightly or wrongly) command more respect from the public and other health professionals, and that self-policing is better for us than arbitrary external controls.
Neither of these "right" positions, however, is without danger. I'm sure all of us have cringed at having assumptions made about us based on people's experiences with other therapists. The hard-core clinical types shudder at the thought of being associated with the "woo-woo" practitioners of energy work and obscure, often Eastern, quasi-religious approaches. AMTA-style draping enthusiasts are horrified at postural therapists who treat clients in underwear. And all of us are fearful of truly unethical practices such as financial scams, quackery and sexual abuse by therapists. One of the things we learned when the totalitarian regimes of the Soviet bloc countries fell was that freedom brings risk - the crime statistics in those countries shot up when the police state no longer reigned. The marketplace may sort things out, but it takes time. There's always a niche open for the opportunist and the con artist, and they reflect on us all.
At the same time, where there is organization, there are power structures, and where there are power structures, there is potential for real abuse of power. Whatever you may think of the National Certification Board, always remember that, elections of board members notwithstanding, it is emphatically not a democracy. The board has broad powers to do what it will, and that includes tight control over who is and is not allowed to run for office. Not only do massage schools understandably teach to the certification exam, they also bend over backward to teach to the standards both of the NCBTMB and the AMTA - that's their bread and butter. As more and more states adopt the National Certification Exam as their standard for licensure, the board gains power.
Everyone will have to take some sort of position on the issue - even those whose position is passive acceptance of whatever happens. There are those who will continue the valiant (but I believe rather quixotic) fight against certification and licensure. There are those who will doggedly insist on trying (all too often with success) to impose their own views of bodywork on the profession. But I have some suggestions, or requests, for all parties:
First, I ask the anarchists to consider what the loss of their voices in the corridors of power will cost. If you truly believe in the value of freedom, and really want to curb some of the excesses of those who would seek uniformity in the profession based on their own preferences or biases, please consider fighting from the inside, and lending your strength to the battle for freedom and diversity within the institutional structures. In short, run for membership on the national board!
And now, to the organizers: please remember how often the narrowness and closed-mindedness of the traditional, established health professions have frustrated us. Take note of how many different approaches there are within our discipline that are effective. Observe that imaginative and daring practitioners who explored new ways of doing things have developed all of those approaches. Never forget that the next Ida Rolf, the next Milton Trager, the next Aston or St. John or Berry or Upledger or Phaigh, is some as-yet-unrecognized therapist out there practicing anonymously, and needing to work without handcuffs. Remember that when you place limits on therapists, you also restrict the choices and options of their clients.
Please make rules only when there is a clear and pressing need - not just for the sake of making rules. We seek to be different in many ways from the traditional health professions. Therefore, consider not mimicking their models of standards of practice and codes of ethics. Please think outside the box. Do not be tempted by the notion that0 because 67.4% of bodyworkers do a particular thing in a particular way, all bodyworkers should do it that same way. Always respect the minority view, however small - it is from the minority that the most creative innovations will come.
Please do not try to homogenize us, because that will be our death.
Click here for more information about James "Doc" Clay, MMH, NCTMB.
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