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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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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