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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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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