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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Pieces of the Puzzle
By Peter W. Crownfield
This article is not about lawsuits. If you'd like to read about lawsuits, turn to the Publisher's Report in this issue.In fact, this article is not about competition, legislation, regulation, or any of the other so-called "necessary complexities" of the profession. This article is about people doing what they love every day with a common purpose: to promote the greater good in the massage therapy profession.
For nearly two years, I've talked to members of the profession; researched legislative and regulatory issues; attended conventions; learned about massage techniques; and listened to countless stories about the wonder and power of touch. As managing editor, it's my passion and my privilege to present the most timely news and information on the profession in a well-constructed, appealing format - to share what makes the profession great, and what can be done (or is being done, or needs to be done) to make it even greater.
I'm sure you feel the same way about what you do. This great faith in yourself and others has little to do with whether you are licensed; regulated; reimbursed for fees; insured against malpractice; or affiliated in any way with any massage organization, local, state or national.
What is the greater good in the massage profession? From all accounts, it's the care you provide to each and every client: the power of touch. This greater good brings individuals and organizations together; transcends issues of regulation, licensing, insurance and education; and keeps massage therapists and the massage profession grounded and unified in an increasingly (and perhaps necessarily) complex health care environment.
It's probably a bit naïve to believe that the massage profession (or any profession) can provide the best care to the most people without a certain level of organization. The public you serve demands qualified therapists, and regulatory and educational standards provide the mechanism for public validation. However, progress cannot and should not be defined by increased regulation and organization alone. Bigger and more complex is not necessarily better, and in the wrong hands, it can be much worse.
How do you maximize public and professional acceptance of massage therapy while staying true to the essence of the art? How do you continue to move forward without turning a profession based on the power of compassionate, skilled touch into a managed care maze of paperwork, licensing and review boards, referral delays, crowded waiting rooms, cookie-cutter, five-minute care, and all-powerful, monopolistic organizations? You succeed by staying true to the greater good; by never forgetting, no matter how much power, money, organization or control is involved, why you became a massage therapist.
Think of the massage profession as a puzzle, with the completed picture being your professional purpose: the greater good; to serve others and do your best to ease pain, promote relaxation, and enhance well-being, from easing the stiffness of a tight muscle to improving the outcome of the worst injury or disease condition imaginable. Each massage therapist is a piece of the puzzle, as is each massage organization -- local, state and national. This includes insurance companies, advertisers, publications, profit and nonprofit entities - everyone and everything affiliated with massage therapy.
Some pieces are larger than others; some pieces are more oddly shaped; some curve one direction, some curve another; some have jagged edges, some straight; certain pieces fit together perfectly with other pieces, while some almost do; some are farther away from others on the puzzle board.
Despite these differences and variations, the pieces can (and must) fit together. Without each piece in its proper place, the puzzle remains incomplete. If any piece is missing, the puzzle remains incomplete.
The completed puzzle of massage therapy forms a picture of a successful profession, one that provides compassionate, effective care to the most people possible. On a client-practitioner level, a practitioner-practitioner level, or an organization-organization level, the puzzle pieces must fit together.
With regard to effective touch, a practitioner's skills are only as important as the relationship fostered with each client. In much the same way, relationships between practitioners, between groups, and between organizations are vital to provide better care, better access, better accountability and better results. To expect or require anything less would be a disservice to you and your clients.
Far beyond the competition, the legislation, the power struggles, (and yes, the lawsuits) is the essence of what you do. Your profession is what matters. Your skills are what matter. The people you care for are what matters, and anything that enhances your ability to provide that care is a very good thing indeed.
If you find any of my opinions shortsighted (or just plain incorrect), let's talk about it. Your comments will make me a better editor and Massage Today a better publication, better able to inform the profession and the public. After all, we think we're a small piece of the puzzle, too.
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