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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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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