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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
Who Owns 'Manual Therapy?'
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I just read an article in Dynamic Chiropractic, the sister publication of Massage Today, that sent chills down my spine. The article, "Can Kansas PTs Perform 'Manual Therapy'?" [www.chiroweb.com/archives/21/08/08.html] reports on a Kansas PT bill many DCs believe will usurp the chiropractic scope of practice if passed.
According to the article, "The bill, which has already passed the state Senate, includes language that could allow physical therapists to perform manipulations on patients," and "Of importance to the chiropractic profession is an amendment that would revise Kansas law and add 'manual therapy' to physical therapists' scope of practice." The article notes that the Kansas Chiropractic Association is working feverishly to defeat the bill.
I'm sure regular readers of this column see the implications of this unfortunate chiropractic grab for power.It underscores the need for broad scope-of-practice language in massage therapy practice laws. Can the chiropractic profession be so self-conscious and unsure of its abilities that it feels threatened if it can't completely block any other profession from the use of "manual therapy?" Can it not recall the restrictions put on it by the allopathic community just a few decades ago? Now that it has won that war, is it adopting the posture of its former adversaries?
The argument supporting this unfortunate abuse of power is a Kansas statute that states individuals who "adjust any misplaced tissue of any kind or nature, manipulate or treat the human body by manual, mechanical, electrical or natural methods" are engaged in the practice of chiropractic. In discussing the term "manual therapy," a Kansas chiropractor noted, "The current definition for the treatment called physical therapy does not include this term. The reason seems obvious - it is included in the exclusive scope of practice for chiropractors." [My emphasis added.]
I see a real danger here. If one assumes Kansas chiropractors are not operating in a vacuum, it is apparent that massage therapists in all states must be vigilant in ensuring their right to work. A title-protection or freedom-of-access law won't necessarily keep the lawyers from having a field day if onerous language supported by Kansas chiropractors affects you. Only a practice act that guarantees scope of practice will provide any protection at all. Who in the world do these people think they are? Have they never heard of overlapping scopes of practice? They don't own the words "manual," "manipulation" and "therapy," any more than any other caregiver does. In my own practice, I "adjust misplaced tissue" daily, and so does every massage therapist I know. We all use manual therapy, manipulate soft tissue and mobilize joints. If the chiropractors want to protect their turf by excluding high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust techniques from other practitioners' scopes of practice, they operate from a position of strength. If they want to restrict the use of manual therapies from other scopes of practice, they operate from a position of folly.
I sincerely hope Kansas chiropractors are operating independently of their associates in other states. I also hope the average chiropractor is confident in the capabilities and benefits of chiropractic, and finds it unnecessary to deny other professions their overlapping scopes of practice. However, as long as stories such as this keep surfacing, we must remain vigilant in protecting our right to practice. It's hard enough fighting city and state officials who can't get it out of their heads that massage and adult entertainment are not synonymous, but now it appears we also need to fight other health-care professionals who appear threatened that we may bring more cost- and result-effective therapies to the marketplace.
With all the fighting going on in our nation and the world, I would prefer we come to an understanding between professional therapists and the different modalities we have available. We all have something to offer, and we may overlap at times, but our differences make our professions unique, and our similarities should keep us working together, not against each other.
Thanks for listening!
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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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