resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
With Legislative Intent
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
I take on this month's topic with the "slight" hesitancy characteristic of following my two sons into an unheated swimming pool in winter. There are few issues that can polarize massage practitioners as quickly as that of licensing and regulation. Not coincidentally, there are also few issues that could benefit from dialog and critical reflection as much as this one.
Massage is a profession seeking credibility, a useful scope of practice, and freedom from the vagaries of local regulations. We habitually seek such goals within the realms of state occupational regulation (OR). Such regulation has been the most successful strategy for wresting control of massage from local agencies. However, local laws may apply even in states with licensing, unless the state's statute specifically forbids this.
In many states, the practice of medicine is defined so broadly that there is no unclaimed area of health care practice.8 Under such definitions, only professions that have their scope of practice carved out by a licensing law are free from the potential of prosecution. An alternative approach, recently taken in Minnesota and under consideration in California (SB577), is to redefine the business and professions code to specifically allow the unlicensed practice of noninvasive complementary methods.
The Legislative Intent of Occupational Regulation
For most states, the motivation for OR is to protect the public from harm that is recognizable and not remote. Without likely harm, there are fundamental rights for a person to be free to choose a profession.5,7 Motivations of legitimizing or recognizing the credibility of a profession are notably missing from state statutes defining the purpose of OR. So the key question becomes, what is the likelihood of harm occurring at a level of practice that licensing would prevent?
In 1997, the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council concluded that there was minimal potential for harm from massage.3 Recently, the British Columbia Health Professions Council concluded that there were no massage practices that warranted being declared as restricted acts.1 These conclusions, coupled with extremely low liability insurance rates, indicate that harm from massage is remote. Massage licensure would have rough sledding in states with sunrise (review) acts.5,7 and such states, like Florida, that currently regulate massage, would be much less likely to do so if the regulation were newly proposed.2 The assumption that unlicensed massage results in client harm is a dog that won't hunt.
Standards and Quality
Licensure is often promoted on issues of standards and quality, yet when closely examined, these are far from clear. When quality is measured by client satisfaction and availability of service, the relationship between licensure and quality is often weak.4,5,8
Measures of quality based on hours of education have been driven more by eligibility requirements for federal financial aid9 than by the need for specific training. In contrast, massage school owner Ramona Moody6 provides one of the few starting points that is based on examining the training needed to achieve minimum competence:
I participated in a task force initiated by the BPPVE [Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education], which legislates massage schools among others. The purpose of the task force was to decide what the absolute minimum requirements should be for massage training. The massage schools, owners who participated in the task force decided that rather than develop a curriculum for the 250 hours suggested by the Bureau representatives as a minimum, we would discuss what knowledge we feel the students really need, and how many classroom hours it realistically takes to impart that knowledge. It was a really interesting discussion, carried out over several meetings, and the conclusion we came to was that it takes about 200-300 hours in the classroom to impart to students the minimum education we felt they really need in the marketplace. This included more than one massage modality, along with health and safety, anatomy and physiology, business practices and ethics, as well as communication skills. We felt this would make the student competitive in the marketplace, as well as no danger to the public.
Similar to massage, piloting a plane requires both kinesthetic skills and technical knowledge. Piloting, however, is much less forgiving of incompetence. The FAA requires 250 hours of flight experience to issue a single-engine commercial pilot certification.10 Coupling this FAA requirement with Moody's observations, it seems clear that minimal training requirements for massage are being significantly overestimated. It is incongruent to advocate integrity for the profession of massage when we have not assured the integrity of our own claims for licensing. If we are truly committed to improving the delivery of massage services, we need to take account not just the hours, but the modern teaching concepts and the social fabric for increasing the availability of massage.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.