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Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
We Get Letters & E-Mail
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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