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An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
We Get Letters & E-Mail
A Few Words About Licensing...
By Editorial Staff
I wanted to respond about your article about licensing. (Editor's note: Please see Cliff Korn's article, "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html).As a certified reflexologist through two schools (one in the U.S., the other in Canada, totaling 700 hours), I taught for the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) in St. Petersburg, Florida for seven years. In August 1995, I chose to relocate to the Northwest. I was told that since there was no licensing in Oregon, I would not have problems establishing a business practice and teaching there. However, in October 1995, the Oregon Massage Board informed me that I was practicing without a license and faced a $1,000 fine if I did not cease. Knowing I was in the public eye, I chose to get my massage license (340 hours, at that time) so I could continue practicing and teaching reflexology.
Looking back, I am glad I bit the bullet and got the massage license. It has protected me legally, and aided in legitimizing my reflexology work. I am glad that Oregon raised its massage education standard to 500 hours. I still think too many massage therapists are being "cranked" out of massage schools. I wasn't comfortable with the training of over half the students I attended school with; I would never consider going to them as a client. There is not enough emphasis on business ethics, hygiene and professionalism. I want to be seen as a professional -- not put in a box with those who dress as if they just got out of bed. The consumer doesn't know the difference over the phone.
What truly bothers me is the number of massage therapists claiming to be reflexologists, despite only 4-6 hours of formal reflexology training! There is much more to reflexology than rubbing feet. I do not do a foot massage when people ask for reflexology. There truly is a difference. I have over 1,000 hours of reflexology training, and I am nationally certified. How would you feel about being lumped in with those who got a one-weekend course? There are also many people teaching reflexology who aren't even certified in reflexology, which waters down the true science and art of this bodywork technique.
At the massage school I attended in Portland, I questioned the reflexology instructor's training; I was told he had taken a weekend course with IIR, and had talked to other people about it. In effect, this person is teaching a technique form not taught by IIR and not sanctioned by any other reflexology school. He is still teaching today, because there are no regulations for teachers.
This is not just an issue of licensing practitioners. It is also an issue of teacher accreditation. Everyone looks for a loophole to get CEUs, or to learn a new technique they can flaunt on their business cards.
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