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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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