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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?
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
New Florida Legislation Expands Definition of Massage
By Editorial Staff
Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Senate Bill 1558 into law on July 19, 2001. The 800-page health care bill includes a small-but-significant section relating to massage, one that officially changes the definition of massage from manipulation of superficial tissues to that of soft tissues.This is a distinction that many believe will provide greater validation of, and access to, the benefits of massage.
With this language change, insurance companies and other professions cannot claim that Florida massage therapists do not have the right to treat deeper tissue (as was, unfortunately, too often the case in the past), based on any contention that it was not stated as such in the definition of massage. Essentially, massaging "soft tissue" includes superficial tissue massage, whereas massaging "superficial tissue" does not by definition include soft tissue work.
Officially, the change is written as follows in the text of the bill:
The language change was urged by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-FL), in conjunction with FSMTA lawyers and lobbyists. The change was then proposed to Florida Representative Frank Farkas, a longtime supporter of massage therapy, who fought to incorporate the new language into the text of the bill in the House.
Providing further insight into the significance of the bill, and the legislative process in general, is Michael McGillicuddy , LMT, NCTMB, first vice president of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). The following article first appeared in the July/August 2001 issue of Massage Message, the bimonthly publication of the FSMTA. (Editor's note: The text of the original article has been amended slightly to reflect developments that occurred following publication.)
Florida State Massage Therapy Representatives Witness the Last Days of Legislative SessionBy Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB, FSMTA First Vice President
At the last minute, an end-of-legislative-session trip was arranged for Lynda Solien-Wolfe and myself to attend the closing session of the Florida State Legislature. (Editor's note: Lynda is professional relations chair for the FSMTA, and a Massage Today columnist.)
The first stop on the trip was the governor's office. The request was such that we went straight to his office for the first appointment of the day. When we visited with him, you could tell the session had been stressful. He was very polite, and even shared some stories with us on some of the things that had been going on at the Capitol. He really loves massage and stated: "This is a great idea, having massage at our most stressful time. I'm sure you will be very popular the next two days." [Editor's note: Members of the FSMTA provided complimentary massage at the final days of the Florida legislative session.]
The second stop on our trip was to visit Representative Frank Farkas' office. A great deal of thanks should be extended to Rep. Farkas. He is the person who added the amendment to the bill in the house that will change the definition of massage from "the manipulation of superficial tissue" to "the manipulation of soft tissue of the human body." (Senator Burt Saunders was the sponsor of the language change in the senate version of the bill.)
The bill passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Bush on July 19th. We feel that this language more accurately describes what our profession really does. It may even make insurance reimbursement a little easier for massage therapists. It clearly shows that massage has an effect on more than the superficial tissue, especially from a legal standpoint.
The whole time we were in Rep. Farkas' office, both he and his legislative assistant, Chris Davis, made us feel welcome and supported. I cannot tell you how nice it is to have that kind of friendship in Tallahassee. As our presence was soon discovered, we were soon visiting with Senator Sullivan, Senator Bronson, Senator Posey, Representative Heyman and Representative Trovillion.
We had a special mission to visit with Senator Jim King on this trip. For those of you who were at Legislative Awareness Days, Senator King arranged for us to visit the senate chambers while we were there. He had us take seats in the chambers, then talked to us about the importance of being involved in the political process. Senator King is also the man responsible for helping us get the massage language changed in the senate. A special thanks goes to Sen. King's legislative assistant, Kay Rousseau, for her help in inviting Sen. King to our convention. The senator spoke at the annual convention banquet. (Editor's note: For more information on the FSMTA 2001 convention, please see "Great Times in Orlando at FSMTA's Annual Convention" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/08/03.html.)
The final moments of the legislative session were very tense. Our lobbyists, Janet Mabry and Allison Sellars-Carvajal, and our lawyer, Paul Lambert, were working to see that the bill our language was attached to did not get sabotaged. The House of Representatives' session was due to end at 9:00 p.m.; however, the House voted to continue until all bills on the floor had been voted on.
Representative Farkas did not get to the final reading of the bill containing our language until 10:30 p.m. If he had not done so, the bill would have died in the final minutes of the session!
The FSMTA Board of Directors voted to recognize both Senator King and Represenative Farkas for their outstanding support of the massage profession. It was an incredible experience watching the last-minute positioning strategies of lawmakers and lobbyists. Either their bills squeaked through at the last minute, or all their efforts were lost for the year.
What I enjoyed most about the trip was being a part of the process whereby a bill goes through the legislature from start to finish. It was an honor to be among the legislators to celebrate at the end of the session.Reprinted with permission from Massage Message, July/August 2001:16(4), pg 15.
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