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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue of Massage Today. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to the address listed below:
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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