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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.
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.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
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.
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.
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!
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
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.
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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