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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.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Arizona Becomes 33rd State to Adopt Massage Regulations
By Editorial Staff
Arizona has become the 33rd state to pass massage therapy legislation. Senate Bill (SB) 1103, sponsored by Sen. Carolyn Allen, et al., was signed on May 12, 2003 by Governor Janet Napolitano, and will be formally introduced into law on July 1, 2004.
Elements of the bill could potentially assist massage therapists who have experienced difficulties practicing massage in multiple jurisdictions.Currently, individual municipalities have their own massage regulations, some of which contradict one another; this makes it difficult for massage therapists to work in more than one city. The Arizona House of Representatives cites this example: "... a massage/bodywork therapist practicing in Phoenix only needs 500 educational hours, while a therapist practicing in Chandler would need 700 educational hours. The cost of a license also varies depending on the municipality."1
Statewide licensure will require that all applicants meet the same criteria. Applicants will initially be required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education; pass a board-approved examination; and supply a complete set of fingerprints for state and federal background checks.
Provisional licenses can be issued to applicants who have completed a minimum of 200 hours of massage education and continuously practiced massage for three years; have been "self-supportive" as a massage therapist in Arizona since 1992; and possess a current professional massage therapy license from a municipality.
The bill will create the Board of Massage Therapy, to consist of three massage therapists and two community members, whose duties will include evaluating applicants; designating a national examination; issuing licenses; and regulating the statewide practice of massage therapy.
According to Susan Pomfret, chairperson for the Arizona Coalition for Massage Therapy and Bodywork (ACMTB), licensing legislation has been in the works for some time. "The great majority of massage therapists in Arizona do want statewide licensure," she said.2
Still, the bill has raised a few eyebrows in the massage community. A portion of the bill contains controversial language relative to massage therapists engaging in sexual improprieties: "...grounds for disciplinary action [include] ... engaging in sexual activity with a client ... making sexual advances, requesting sexual favors or engaging in other verbal conduct or physical contact of a sexual nature with a client."1
The bill also specifically defines what constitutes sexual activity or behavior.
The following excerpts are taken from letters Massage Today received expressing concern over the bill's language:
Pomfret strongly dened that opponents of the bill were mistreated: "All who have attended the ACMTB meetings have been treated respectfully ... I would respectfully disagree with the source that claims otherwise."
Judy Boyer, member of the AMTA-AZ board of directors responsible for legislative affairs, agrees: "... the coalition treated and continues to treat all participants with due respect."4
As for the bill's language, Boyer said, "This bill in no way restricts the practice of legitimate massage therapy. It draws a clear line between those who practice professional massage therapy and those who do not. This does not obstruct Arizona massage therapy professionals - it protects them. Indeed, the language is strong ... there can be no doubt that when you hire a massage therapist, you will get a massage, and if you get something else, you did not hire a massage therapist or someone destined to be a massage therapist for long."
According to Pomfret, many major cities in Arizona wanted to ensure the protection of massage therapists, as well as those seeking legitimate massage. "The city of Phoenix ... [and] ... other major cities in the Valley of the Sun have a strong interest in ensuring that individuals who would engage in prostitution under the guise of massage therapy have no room to do so in Arizona. The concerns of these Arizona cities have been taken seriously in the formulation of SB 1103."
As for complaints about the bill, Pomfret said, "There was no ambiguity about AMTA-AZs intention or the clear invitation for all who would potentially be affected to participate and have their voices heard ... therapists who do not want licensure had an opportunity to be heard in the coalition process; at the sunrise committee hearings; and when the bill was heard in committee in the legislature."
With the passage SB 1103, all but 17 states have some form of regulation. Look for continuing legislative updates in future issues of Massage Today.
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