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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
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!
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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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