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October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10

Massage Meets Chiropractic at FCA Convention

Massage Room, LMT of the Year Award Highlight Annual Event

By Editorial Staff

Anyone who believes the health care landscape is rife with intra- and interprofessional discord need look no further than the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) National Convention to see evidence to the contrary*.

Held at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida August 16-18, the annual event once again brought the FCA, the largest chiropractic state association, together with Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the largest massage therapy state association.

For the sixth year, the FCA honored a massage therapist with the FCA LMT of the Year Award. This year's recipient was Tom Oakley, LMT. FCA President Joe Johnston, DC, presented Tom with the award at the FCA Board of Directors reception on August 17. Tom is the immediate past president and legislative chair of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Florida Chapter, and maintains a busy massage therapy practice in Miami.

image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Massage therapy and chiropractic leadership pose with LMT of the Year Tom Oakley (front row, second from left) at the FCA Board of Directors reception. The LMT of the Year Award is presented each year to a massage therapist who contributes to building professional relations between chiropractic and massage therapy. Past recipients are Deborah Karlan; Lynda Solien-Wolfe; Michael McGillicuddy; Judith Walker Delaney; and David Kent.

"We like to recognize outstanding leaders in the massage community who have fostered greater two-way communication and education between our two professions," commented FCA CEO Debbie Brown. "The improved teamwork in the field results in a higher quality of patient care."

image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The FSMTA "massage room" at the FCA convention was a big hit. Pictured with FSMTA President Mike McGillicuddy (second from right) are Perry Isenberg (Biofreeze); Rob Cooper (Scrip); Debbie Brown, FCA CEO; and Steve Keller (Scrip). The FSMTA's Massage Therapy Room was another highlight of the 2002 convention. This year's massage room was sponsored by Scrip, a major chiropractic and massage supply company. Twenty FSMTA members provided approximately 500 complementary massages to convention attendees; Biofreeze, Thumper, Biotone and Golden Ratio Woodworks supplied products for use in the room.

Besides taking time for a break in the convention in the Massage Room, many chiropractors stopped by to ask questions about massage therapy. Many inquired about referring to or hiring massage therapists. In addition to answering individual questions face-to-face, the therapists handed out brochures containing information on how DCs can network with MTs.

The FCA and FSMTA also partnered to offer a variety of massage therapy continuing education programs. This year's CEU courses included:

  • Judith Walker Delaney, LMT discussed The Neuromuscular Approach to Whiplash Injury;
  • Kerry D'Ambrogio, BS, PT, presented The Multidisciplinary Approach to Whiplash Injury;
  • Anna Allen addressed HIV in 2002; and
  • Michael McConnell, LMT detailed Massage Law and Professional Ethics.

Newly appointed FSMTA/FCA Liaison Devarah Lovett coordinated the CEU programs for massage therapy. "I am looking forward to working with the FCA to continue to build the relationship between the chiropractic and massage professions," Devarah remarked.

*Significant contributions to this article were made by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT, NCTMB. Lynda is the former FCA/FSMTA liaison. She is also a columnist for Massage Today.


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