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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
So, is everyone sufficiently sick and tired of reading about the AMTA/Massage Today lawsuit? In the last year and a half, I saw, heard and read much about it, but remained largely silent about it myself.Many know that I have loyalties to both entities, and I didn't want to appear to be taking sides in the ongoing furor. Now that the court has spoken, I no longer feel constrained and will, as many have pushed me to do over the last year, use this issue's column to express my thoughts. I have received literally hundreds of emails and phone calls expressing dismay that I was "caught in the middle," and wondering how I managed to maintain a middle road position and loyalty to both sides.
As I sit to write this editorial and reflect upon the happenings of the past year and a half, I am learning that the personal struggle in maintaining an impartial, middle-ground stance has affected me more than I had thought possible, and letting go of the disappointment and anger I felt toward both partners in this dance is more difficult than I had imagined. It was possible for me to maintain a posture of impartiality for several reasons. The first was that I had no initial knowledge surrounding any of the facts pertaining to the case. Second, I had no control over the actions of either party. Third, and most important, I found both sides of the argument equally frustrating. At this point, I believe it is the passion I feel for this profession - its practice and practitioners - that has caused me such angst. I now know it is time to recognize this state of mind for what it is and make an effort to "take charge" of my thoughts and attitudes.
So, from a personal standpoint, I've decided that it is time to move on. I think it's important for everyone else to do so also. My original editorial this month was about continuing to understand the conflict between MPAmedia and AMTA - and helping others to do so - but I realized that perhaps it is more important to learn from this experience than to rehash the mistakes made by both sides. I'd love for this whole episode to become a valuable lesson we can all use on how to respond to uncomfortable or disagreeable situations. What this conflict has demonstrated from the very beginning was that an inadvisable action followed by an inappropriate response, with both sides adding fuel to the fire at each opportunity, is not the most effective form of conflict resolution.
Neither AMTA nor Massage Today has stood still during these difficult proceedings, but unfortunately neither has been able to work to full potential either. Massage Today has not met growth expectations or expected advertising thresholds. This has minimized the dollars available for reinvesting in the industry. AMTA has had to redirect a portion of its funds and energies from enabling successful massage therapists (who normally would introduce more of the public to the benefits of massage, benefiting the entire profession).
I think I have been reminded of the following lessons from this whole legal action:
I am doing my darndest to let go of my own pent-up emotions surrounding this issue and still continue to think and behave professionally. I hope MPAmedia and AMTA are doing the same. I know that Don Petersen Jr., publisher of Massage Today, is going to be an attendee at the AMTA national convention in Portland, Oregon in early October. I also know that AMTA President Carolyn Talley had assured me that she wants to look him in the eye and shake his hand in an effort to move forward. I sincerely hope they can both find the time to do more than shake hands. I hope they can actually meet and chart out a new course for positive future interaction. I still intend to work diligently to remain "in the middle" and do whatever I am allowed to see that both of these valuable entities continue to serve the massage therapy profession to the extent they are capable. As members and active participants of this worthwhile profession, we deserve no less, and should regularly demand such from all of our organizations and publications.
Thanks for listening!
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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