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Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Pulling Up the Ladder
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Human nature never ceases to amaze me. The latest disappointment comes from the hierarchy of the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic is gaining ground rapidly in its goal to be recognized as "mainstream health care." Unfortunately, it is following in the footsteps of its oppressors, the AMA, and attempting to create its own monopoly and enforce it the same way the allopathic cartel enforces its monopoly: government regulation.Chiropractic is trying to "pull the ladder up behind themselves." It must not be allowed to do so.
James D. Edwards, DC, chairman of the Board of the American Chiropractic Association, is proudly touting a piece of model legislation he hopes will be passed in each state. This proposed bill can easily be interpreted to seriously curtail massage therapy's scope of practice. The proposed legislation would amend existing chiropractic laws to add specific, legally tight language defining manipulation and adjustment, and make it unlawful for non-chiropractors to "manipulate." Of course, MDs and DOs are exempt from this legislation. It's not that MDs have any training in joint manipulation, but nobody dares to limit the scope of the "gods of allopathy." As written, this legislation could easily be used to persecute and prosecute massage therapists and bodyworkers. It must be changed or defeated wherever it is introduced.
This bill defines "spinal manipulation" as:
This could be interpreted as the "pelvic stabilization," muscle energy stretch taught for years by NMT organizations. It could quite possibly be interpreted as Active Isolated Stretching© , PNF stretching or any of several other common techniques used by massage therapists.
The proposed law goes on to define "spinal adjustment" as:
There goes myofascial stretching, PNF, muscle energy work, zero balancing, traction, joint mobilization, body mobilization, possibly tapotement, and lots more.
The DC leadership will tell you ignore my warning. They will tell you that they do not intend to interpret the new legislation as I have, and that massage is not the target of this legislation. However, the language of the proposal allows it to be used against anyone. This proposed law, where passed, will be used against anyone who gets in the way of some DCs cash flow. Rarely does a patient file a complaint with a regulatory board. It is almost always another professional, from the same or another profession, complaining that the person in question is harming the income of the person filing the complaint by doing too much good. Of course that is not how it is written up. It will be written up that some massage therapist is endangering the public by doing chiropractic by using leverage and neuromuscular procedures to correct skeletal alignment. (That's posture.) Using the language proposed in this model legislation, the massage therapist would be found in violation.
This legislation is an escalation of the ongoing turf battle between chiropractors and physical therapists over who can do (and more importantly, who can bill insurance for) physical therapy modalities and joint manipulation. Insurance again! You see, what they are really fighting over is cash flow. The PTs and DCs are getting into each other's insurance pies. Regulation and scope of practice is all about cash flow and protecting licensed practioners from open prosecution. In this country and many others, health care is carefully regulated to prevent the wrong people from doing too much good, which is bad for the cash flow of those allowed to do more good than others.
The DC leadership seem to forget that most of what they do is not original. Manipulation of joints with both slow and rapid movements can be traced back to long before chiropractic existed - through osteopathy, through the bone setters of Europe to the Swedish gymnastics and medical movements, and probably back to ancient Greece. The true heritage of joint manipulation most likely belongs to massage therapists. (That comment should generate some e-mail!) However, the leadership of the massage profession abandoned that heritage some time ago. Considering the level of training the majority of massage therapists are now receiving, it is probably just as well.
Do not let the DCs pass this law in your state unless its language is clearly changed to exempt massage and bodywork techniques. Where are our beloved national associations on this issue? Don't wait for them. If your legislature is in session, it is your responsibility to protect yourself, your business and your patients. Yes, even one person can have a huge impact on legislation. You can be that person. Be vigilant and be vocal.
(Author's note: I am a huge fan of chiropractic. I receive it regularly. I was in practice with a DC for several years. I am not attacking the chiropractic profession. I am only calling attention to the actions of its leaders in hopes of preventing the messy scope-of-practice fight between DCs and LMTs that will eventually result if efforts to pass this legislation is successful.)
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