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A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
Take a Stand
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I hope that many of you are as thoroughly outraged at the Mississippi Board of Massage Therapy as I am. In November, we ran a front-page article on how the board has effectively shut down the practice of CranioSacral Therapy by massage therapists regulated by Mississippi law.(www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/10.html). It appears that this is just the start of attempts to relegate massage professionals to "fluff and buff" practitioners, despite their levels of training.
I recently discovered that the New Jersey Nursing Board, which has jurisdiction over massage therapy in that state, is proposing to outlaw lymphatic drainage techniques and animal massage performed by massage therapists. The New Jersey proposal is just as shortsighted as the Mississippi law, and no more palatable. Nurses who are ignorant of the massage therapy profession are thrusting new regulations upon us when massage professionals, who would likely know better, should be involved.
The proposed New Jersey regulation stipulates that under rule 13:37-16.7 Scope of Practice, "(a) A certificant shall only practice those methods of massage, bodywork and somatic therapy for which the certificant has received training." It further stipulates, "(b) Notwithstanding any training received as permitted by (a) above, a certificant shall not perform:
I find it amusing that in Florida, only licensed massage therapists are allowed to perform colonic irrigation, but in New Jersey it is being proposed that massage therapists be specifically prohibited from doing so. As long as appropriate training has been received, I find it nonsensical for a regulated massage therapist in any jurisdiction to be prohibited from internal organ movement, manual lymph drainage, and/or animal massage.
With this series of escalating attacks on our rights to serve the public in a positive way, I do not see a more important issue facing our profession today than that of protecting our scope of practice. I think it has to be done thoughtfully, forcefully and legally in all 50 states. As much as I try, I fail to see how the regulation nay sayers are doing anything other than avoiding reality. A strong scope of practice written into law makes it much more difficult for outside interests to usurp our future.
I first warned of this in the May issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/10.html) when I talked about Kansas chiropractors trying to stake sole claim to the term 'manual therapy.' It appears that illogical chiropractic zeal is also behind the outlawing of CranioSacral Therapy in Mississippi. It seems that the chiropractic profession has forgotten its struggles against the mainstream medical establishment. If ever there was one profession that should be leading another by the hand, it should be chiropractic helping to establish massage therapy as a viable, cost-effective path to homeostasis.
Instead, there seems to be a disturbing trend to model itself after its early aggressors and relegate massage therapy to the status of an ineffective personal service. When viewed in concert with the recent Ohio law that taxes massage therapy as a personal service, as well as the proposed change in New Jersey, the threat to massage therapy looms large indeed.
The first step in taking a stand for our right to practice is to let our feelings be known to those proposing the New Jersey limitations of practice. The Division of Consumer Affairs is soliciting comments on the proposed rules change. The website is www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/proposal/nurpro1020.htm, and the area for comment is at the end of the document. They require your comments no later than Dec. 19, 2003. Please help buck the current trend to dilute our practice capabilities and make your feelings known. Take a stand!
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or by regular mail to:
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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