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Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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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