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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
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Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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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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