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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
CranioSacral Therapy Outlawed in Mississippi?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB and Rebecca J. Razo
Mississippi law governing massage therapy prohibits therapists from engaging in the "manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue," and it appears that the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT) has lumped CranioSacral Therapy (CST) into this definition as a prohibited massage therapy practice.
Massage Today first learned of the situation from Mississippi therapist Brenda Eiland, NCTMB, RMT.Ms. Eiland, who studied Visionary CranioSacral work at the Milne Institute in Big Sur, Calif., was alarmed when she discovered that the Milne Institute application to become a Mississippi CEU provider was denied. A letter signed by MSBMT Executive Director Beverly Limbaugh to the institute stated that its program "does not meet the requirements for approval."1,2 Eiland subsequently contacted the MSBMT to find out if practicing CST in Mississippi was illegal.
"I didn't get a straight answer," she said. Instead, she received an e-mail from Limbaugh stating, "Our law does not permit the movement of osseous tissue" [emphasis ours].3 Unsatisfied with the response, Eiland contacted the Mississippi attorney general's office for a clearer explanation, wherein she received a response from Leyser Hayes, the special assistant attorney general representing the MSBMT. He stated: "Mississippi Law does not permit the movement of osseous tissue [CranioSacral Therapy has been defined by the board to involve this movement] ... Section 73-67-7 (h) Miss. Code Ann. (1972) as amended ... defines what massage means for purposes of the practice of same in Mississippi."4
Mississippi law §73-67-7(h) provides the following definition of massage:
Subsequent inquiries by Eiland and Massage Today to the MSBMT about the practice of CST were referred to the new Mississippi "Scope of Practice" rule, which was mailed to Mississippi therapists in September.
Generally, scope-of-practice statements outline permissible practices for legally operating massage therapists. Mississippi's scope of practice, however, only states what cannot be performed legally. The new scope of practice says:
Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn contacted the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and the executive director of the MSBMT: "Osseous tissue manipulation or adjustment are typically terms referring to chiropractic or osteopathic high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrusts or techniques," Mr. Korn said in a letter. "Is it the interpretation of the board that 'manipulation or adjustment' is synonymous with 'movement'? I noticed in your listing of continuing education providers that all of John Barnes' myofascial release seminars were approved, and CranioSacral Therapy is an integral part of his teachings. Please ... confirm or deny the legality of a trained CranioSacral therapist to practice under the Mississippi Professional Massage Therapy Act," he added.7
In its response to Korn, the MSBMT stated the "Attorney general's office does not speak for the board of massage therapy. The Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy speaks through its minutes." Again, Korn was referred to the Mississippi scope of practice rule.8
In a final attempt at clarification, Massage Today asked the MSBMT if the attorney general's office was incorrect in stating that "movement" of osseous tissue is illegal.9 In a written response, MSBMT President Lynn Cox stated: "The board has not interpreted any particular modality as the manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue, but rather, reiterated in its statement on scope of practice that any technique that manipulates or adjusts osseous tissue is in violation of the law that governs massage therapists, as well as laws that govern other professionals. If the board ruled that one couldn't do CranioSacral, the name would probably be changed to SacralCranio, wouldn't it? The law has not changed. Massage therapists in Mississippi are prevented from the manipulation or adjustment of osseous tissue, regardless of one's 'expert' training."10
But according to Eiland, Cox's statement is untrue: "They have indeed signaled out a modality, as proved by the e-mail from [Hayes] and a message for me [from Limbaugh, stating] 'you cannot practice CranioSacral work as a massage therapist in Mississippi.' "11
Still, the MSBMT has yet to define the terms "manipulation" or "adjustment." In a letter to the MSBMT, Dr. John Upledger, Massage Today columnist, stated, "CranioSacral Therapy does not incorporate any techniques that involve direct osseous manipulation, mobilization or adjustments. Instead, practitioners focus on releasing restrictions in the soft-tissue, fascia and musculature that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. How can I be so sure? Because I developed CranioSacral Therapy and coined the name... ."12
Despite repeated requests, the fact remains that the MSBMT has continued to be vague in responding to questions related to the practice of CST in Mississippi. It remains unclear if the MSBMT is defining the terms "manipulation" and "adjustment" to mean HVLA thrusts - or something more. Look for updates of this situation in future issues of Massage Today.
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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