resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
"My hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands"
I am writing in response to Vivian Madison's article about fees [MT, October 2002].I have always been impressed with Vivian's knowledge of insurance billing, but I'm not sure if she has personally done 25 hours a massage, week in and week out, for any substantial period of time. If she possessed this type of experience, I'm sure her article would have defended the billing fees of LMTs.
Vivian stated that in 1984-85, she was billing at most $95 per hour, and can't believe that some therapists now charge $145 to $175 per hour. She also said, "If you think you are worth the same fee as a physician, or think you should charge outrageously high rates, please think twice." How long does a physician work with each patient? The national average is five minutes per patient, so theoretically, the physician can pump out 12 patients per hour. So, how much is the physician actually making per hour? Another problem with her theory of worth is that a physician can practice for 40 to 50 years, pumping out thousands of patients a year. Do you know how many years a therapist can work? When was the last time you saw a 60-year-old massage therapist dragging his or her table through someone's front door? Do you know the number of patients a therapist can see throughout a career? Those numbers pale in comparison to the amount of potential income a physician can make.
Vivian also was unhappy that some therapists complain about working for $25 an hour at chiropractic offices. I think one of the reasons they complain is that chiropractors bill them out at $150 per hour. Why is it wrong for a therapist to bill at such high rates, but OK for the chiropractor to do so? Most therapists do not complain about a fair split in an office situation, and if they do, it's a self-correcting situation: They usually don't last long in that office.
Vivian also stated, "What makes us think that just because we obtained a license with minimal training, we should now be making the same as others who have invested untold capital and spent years of training and residency time?" Well, does value equate only with dollars and time spent in training? If so, an individual who spends no time in formal training and hasn't put tons of capital into his or her art doesn't have any value. Darn, I knew I was paying my computer guy too much money for his expertise. You see, he never received any formal schooling, and didn't have much money to put into his business ... but he sure can keep my computer up and running. He's well-worth the $150 an hour I pay him. But, of course, I'm not worth $150, since I only work on human beings.
I truly believe my hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands, and if the insurance companies want bargain-basement prices, they need to remember one thing: You get what you pay for.
Alice Belusko, LMT
"Education for the sake of education is not the answer"
I was struck by your poll question regarding education ["Should Massage Schools Have Educational Requirements for Entry?" MT, October 2002]. I usually tell people the story of the elderly Pennsylvania woman who learned to be a midwife at her mother's knee. She delivered every baby born in the PA Amish community for more than a quarter-century ... until the state legislators decided it was time to introduce educational requirements for the midwifery "profession." The state required high school and college education. Our "pioneer" didn't qualify, and opted to retire. What a loss of a resource! This woman should have been lecturing at a medical school! New OB-GYN graduates perform Caesarian sections on 30% of their patients, not to mention the damage they inflict with blades and forceps.
The point is, some people have a healing touch. It cannot be learned from a book! (In fact, many of them choose to practice "laying on of hands," under the title of Reverend.) All allopaths are required to be "book-smart"; a trillion dollars later, the U.S. is an illness culture. Education for the sake of education is not the answer.
David Ponsonby, CMT
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