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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
We Get Letters & E-Mail
By Editorial Staff
Who Needs Licensing?
Your editorial hit one of my sore spots: licensing. (Editor's note: see "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html.) When one looks at how many professions are required to have a license, yet still sees so much incompetence, one starts to wonder.When one looks at how many high school graduates don't know how to spell or do simple math, one starts to wonder. All state licensing is done under the guise of protecting the consumer; in fact, licensing programs do nothing to protect anybody but generate revenue for the bureaucracy. All we should have to do is graduate from massage school and take our continuing education classes. If we're incompetent, no one will ask for our services -- it's that simple. Graduating is important, but I see absolutely no benefit to be gained from licensure.
Sybille Murphy, LMT
"I was able to achieve better results immediately"
I thoroughly enjoy your publication. I learn something from each article. Barbra Esher's article on the six divisions was very informative. (Editor's note: see "Using the Six Divisions" in the March 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/03/16.html.) I have been using five-element theory and meridians since taking an advanced reflexology course from an acupuncturist. I was able to achieve better results immediately after applying the information in Ms. Esher's article.
Janice Jackson, LMT
"Keep up the excellent work!"
I am so impressed with the issues of Massage Today. The attention you give to current issues is gratefully accepted. Your research on the insurance industry helped put perspective on our own growing industry and some of the challenges it is facing. Thanks, too, to Neal Cross for his wonderful view of the hand. Sometimes it helps to look beyond our own noses! Thank you to Ralph Stephens, whose insights about research are most enlightening; to Ben Benjamin, whose testing and treatment skills are unsurpassed in our field of massage therapy; and to Kate Jordan, whose article on pelvic pain is a clear example of the types of wisdom we need to pass on to each other.
June Lordi, LMT
Editor's note: The specific articles referenced in this letter appeared in several previous issues of Massage Today. To access the complete online archives of the publication, visit www.massagetoday.com/archives.
"I am willing to take a decent discount..."
This letter is in response to the "We Get Letters & E-Mail" section in the April 2001 Massage Today. (Editor's note: The entire April 2001 issue is available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/04.) I would like to comment on the particular letters that addressed insurance and managed care issues in the massage profession. I have a unique situation. After going to school weeknights for about a year and a half and working full-time, I received my state massage therapist registration. At this point, I am keeping my day job and trying to build a clientele for evening massages in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.
The story gets interesting because I am a customer service representative for a medical insurance company. The insurance company's client (a large computer company) is a self-insured plan. This basically means that the client makes the rules on what to cover, and the insurance company just pays the claims according to those rules. The client has decided not cover massage therapists. When I get a call from massage therapist trying to verify benefits, I can sympathize with the caller, but I cannot pay their claims. I also encourage the employees who call me to complain to their human resources department.
The point here is that the decision to cover massage therapists is not always up to the insurance company. In many cases, if the plan is self-insured, the employer makes those rules and will often make changes based upon employee feedback. As a fairly new RMT, I'm always looking for ways to get my name out into the community. I have often considered going downstairs to our network development department to see what it would take to become a part of the insurance network.
I offer discounts to first-time clients and a "buy five massages get one free" incentive. I don't see what the difference is between these offers and taking a percentage discount because I belong to the insurance network. Perhaps if I had a full schedule and wasn't looking to grow my business, there would be no incentive. But at this point, I am willing to accept a decent discount to get my name out to thousands of potential clients.
Stephen Dumas, RMT
"Thank you so much"
Thank you for so much for sending me Massage Today. I do not usually enjoy massage magazines, and subscribe to none. For some reason I find yours less slick and more "unifying." I read every word. I especially enjoyed Ralph Stephens' view on research. (Editor's note: See "Will Research Prove Our Point?" in the February 2001 issue, available at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/02/12.html.)
Shirl Swan-Mock, BA,LMT,RN,BSN
"The best I've read"
Your massage journal is the best I've read in my 14-plus years in the field. Please keep up the work, and good luck!
Roger Paradis, LMT
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