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Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
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By Editorial Staff
Editor's Note: Some letters have been edited for space and clarity.
Breast Massage and Scope-of-Practice Issues
I am a Florida-based licensed massage therapist and continuing education provider. One of the subjects that I teach is professional ethics and Florida law. I am confused by the advice you offered to female therapists in your July editorial (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/07/10.html).
If I understand your comments correctly, you are suggesting that massage therapists palpate the breast tissue of female clients with the intention of detecting cancerous lumps, and that you believe that massage therapists are better trained to detect cancer than trained doctors. I hope that I am wrong here.
I graduated from one of the top massage therapy schools in this country, and nothing in my training addressed how to detect cancer in someone's tissue! In addition, palpation with the intent to discover or diagnose disease does not fall under the scope of a massage therapist; (In Florida, at least) that is construed as practicing medicine. I read that portion of your column last weekend to 35 therapists attending an ethics/law continuing education workshop and asked for their thoughts on the matter. Many spoke up. All were shocked by your advice. One woman responded: "What's next? Do we ask men to bend over and cough while we palpate their testicles?"
I read your July editorial, and I must say I was appalled at your suggestion in relation to women and breast cancer that "It makes sense that a massage therapist trained in the nuances of soft tissue will do a better job of regular examination than the physician you see once a year!" This statement is erroneous and suggests therapists go beyond the scope of practice of any massage therapist with basic massage training. You seem to insinuate that we are more skilled than a physician in detecting tumors and diagnosing cancer. This journalism is, at the least, irresponsible and misleading, and lessens the credibility of our profession. Please clarify your thoughts, if you will.
Jacqueline Landis Ferber
Cliff Korn responds:
Thank you for responding to my editorial, and thanks for reading!
I think you are reading more into my statement than was actually there; at least more than I intended to be there. I am certainly not suggesting that massage therapists palpate tissue with the intent of detecting anything more than tissue texture and feel. My statement relates to my belief that massage therapists are some of the most skilled palpation experts in the field, and regularly detect tissue concerns before our patients/clients do.
I was (and am) suggesting that female massage therapists regularly get massage from therapists specifically trained in breast massage to enhance their breast health. It is my opinion that palpation of tissue on a weekly or monthly basis by a practitioner with highly developed palpation skills will generate referrals to appropriate medical specialists in a more timely fashion that an annual physical exam.
While I believe all jurisdictions that regulate the practice of massage preclude diagnosis of anything more than contraindications, I am aware of very few that put breast massage, performed by a specifically trained practitioner (and with specific informed consent), out of the scope of practice of a massage therapist.
Cliff Korn, LMT
Blowing off Steam
I just wanted to vent. I am tired of reading wonderful articles concerning massage therapy and its benefits (in other publications) only to discover at the end of the article that readers are told that, in order to find a good massage therapist, they need to make sure the therapist is a member of the AMTA! I want to scream when I read this kind of stuff.
I refuse to become a member of the AMTA for various reasons, but it does not, in any way, make me any less qualified as a therapist than any that chose AMTA membership. Why is it that the AMTA is so involved in every aspect of our profession that they place themselves as the almighty authority on our qualifications? I find it extremely unfair for the AMTA to give the general public the impression a massage therapist is unworthy of the title unless they are a member of the AMTA. I earned my title and worked very hard to gain the professionalism that we share as massage therapists. I do not need the AMTA to give me what I have already proven and earned: Licensed Massage Therapist, and a mighty good one, I might add.
Robin L. Shope, LMT
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