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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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!
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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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