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Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
Arizona Cities Hit With Additional Massage Regulations
By Editorial Staff
Less than one month after Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, signed SB 1103 - a bill that would regulate the practice of massage therapy (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/07/01.html) - into law, Scottsdale and Phoenix have adopted their own massage regulations.
On June 3, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to tighten the reigns on the massage therapy profession in an effort to close illegitimate massage sites and bring an end to prostitution masquerading as massage.3,4
Shortly following the Scottsdale decision, which took effect July 3, the city of Phoenix followed suit, voting on June 25 to implement new rules governing the profession for the same reason.The Phoenix ordinance is scheduled to take effect July 25.
The regulations will likely affect many massage therapists legitimately practicing in both areas.
The Scottsdale City Council adopted the new regulations in response to citizen complaints about the proliferation of illicit activity and illegitimate massage parlors, specifically in the city's southern region. Likewise, authorities in Phoenix contend that prostitution posing as massage continues to be problematic.2
According to Phoenix police Lieutenant Larry Jacobs, officers frequently uncover prostitution activity in massage parlors during sting operations. "If we hit five places, four of them have violations," he said.
Although the passage of SB 1103 would have naturally addressed these issues, that law will not go into effect until July 1, 2004. According to Scottsdale City Manager, Jan Dolan, that is too long to wait. "We think it's important to have these controls in place now," she said. "We don't think it's prudent to wait a year."5
According to the Scottsdale police department, about 15 percent to 20 percent of establishments that bill themselves as massage parlors are illegitimate.
Among other stipulations, the Scottsdale regulations will require that massage therapists complete a minimum of 500 educational hours or demonstrate equivalent training and experience; take a national certification examination; submit to annual fingerprinting and background checks; refrain from practicing between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.; and carry or wear their licensee identification cards while engaged in or available for massage. Additionally, license fees are expected to increase.1
Licensed massage therapists currently practicing in Scottsdale will be "grandfathered" in under some of the new regulations, which would include exemption from taking the national exam.
The new Phoenix regulations will concentrate more on massage businesses and require that massage business managers have their own permits in addition to the business owners. Phoenix massage establishments will be prohibited from having more than one license and will also be required to submit floor plans showing which rooms are designated for massage.6,7
What remains unclear is how the new Scottsdale and Phoenix regulations will be affected once SB 1103 goes into effect next year. Look for continuing updates in future issues of Massage Today.
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