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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
Pulling Up the Ladder
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCBTMB
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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