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Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I was recently read an online newsletter with the following statement: "Jared Adair, Director of the Office of HIPAA Standards at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has written 'Alternative Link' to clarify the status of participants in the ABC codes demonstration project.'His letter essentially says that all contractual trading partners of registrants for the federally authorized demonstration program are eligible to use ABC codes commercially in HIPAA transactions with those registrants,' says Synthia Molina, Alternative Link CEO."*
Jargon, in general, is confusing to those not schooled in "the code." There are so many acronyms and terms we use that were developed to increase understanding and provide specificity of meaning; unfortunately, many do just the opposite. I came up with the following incomplete list that applies to our profession. Many rolled off the tip of my tongue in a heartbeat.
If this were in a quiz, could you define these?
ABC ~ ABMP ~ AMTA ~ CAM ~ CEU ~ CMT ~ CPT ~ CST ~ HIPPA ~ IMA ~ LDT ~ LMP ~ LMT ~ MFR ~ NCBTMB ~ NCETMB ~ NCTMB ~ NMT
The following are the 'unofficial' definitions, some from the owners' Web sites!
ABC is the Advanced Billing Concepts code set developed by Alternative Link, Inc., for use in alternative and integrative medicine. It's a group of five-character alphabetic codes, with two-character practitioner modifiers (and a topic for a future column!).
ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals) is a membership organization serving the massage, bodywork, somatic and esthetic professions.
AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) is a 60-year-old professional association representing the field of massage therapy.
CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine), as defined by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine (also referred to as allopathy; Western; mainstream; orthodox; regular and bio medicine). Although some scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, key questions have yet to be answered as to whether CAM practices are safe and whether they work for the diseases or medical conditions for which they are used.
CEU is Continuing Education Unit. Frequently used synonymously with contact hour, this actually falls under the International Association for Continuing Education and Training's (IACET) continuing education terminology and definition for credit hours. According to the IACET, one CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of organized approved continuing education experience.
CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) is a title sometimes awarded and/or allowed by a state, county or municipal regulating entity.
CPT is a billing code system owned by the American Medical Association. It stands for Physician's Current Procedural Terminology.
CST stands for CranioSacral Therapy, a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Developed by Massage Today columnist John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, this therapy enhances the body's natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (see www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/12/10.html; www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/02/09.html; www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/01/05.html).
IMA is the International Massage Association, which provides insurance services for massage, complementary and healing arts, and health and beauty.
LDT (Lymph Drainage Therapy) is an original hands-on method of lymph drainage developed by French physician Bruno Chikly. It offers a highly efficient approach to working with the lymphatic and other fluid systems. While its concepts are based on traditional procedures, LDT is the first modality to teach practitioners how to manually attune the specific rhythm, pressure, quality and direction of the lymph flow by using a combination of precise anatomical science and distinct manual techniques.
LMP (Licensed Massage Practitioner) and LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) are titles sometimes awarded and/or allowed by a state, county or municipal regulating entity.
MFR (Myofascial Release) is a gentle and effective hands-on manual therapy technique that uses sustained pressure into restrictions in the fascial system to eliminate pain, and restore motion and function to the body.
NCBTMB is National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (the organization!); NCETMB is National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (the test!); NCTMB is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (the credential!).
NMT, (Neuromuscular Therapy or Technique) is a program of soft tissue manipulation and recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes which uses specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching and home care in an effort to eliminate the causes of neuromuscular pain patterns. It is designed to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement), and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.
I hope this list has been helpful. I find that we frequently use and misuse these terms, and that misuse can undermine communication greatly!
Thanks for listening!
*CHRF NEWS FILE #52, August 18, 2003; The CHRF News Files is a product of the Collaboration for the Healthcare Renewal Foundation.
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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