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News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
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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