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Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
What's in a Name?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Is the name we use to describe our "professional selves" important? Do you perform "massage," "bodywork" or both? Do you see a difference between the two? If you lean toward "massage" (forgetting regulated titles for a moment), do you consider yourself a massage therapist, massagist, masseur/masseuse, massage practitioner, massage technician, or something else entirely?
In the inaugural issue of Massage Today, because of our diversity, I said, "Whether we are practicing with a doctorate degree, thousands of hours of education and more credentials than can easily fit on several lines of text, or practicing with a high-school diploma and several weekends of hands-on mentoring, we all need, and have, a professional obligation to improve our skills and capabilities.Massage Today is a publication designed to help us all do just that." (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/01/07.html). Three years later, our profession is no less diverse, and perhaps what we call ourselves is even more important! (I know I get cranky when someone calls me a "masseuse"!)
I recently followed an online discussion about a new massage certification organization attempting to implement a very high bar to obtain its certification. In opposition to the idea of a new certification, one individual argued, "Massage therapy is manual labor. At most we are technicians." This statement gave me pause. I immediately started calling this individual names (to myself) that had nothing to do with massage and that couldn't be printed in this article! However, after reading several of his rejoinders that explained his definition of "technician," I realized he didn't think himself any less professional than I think myself; rather, he was merely using language to argue his political point of view. Another person in the discussion went so far as to suggest that the title "massage therapist" was a plot by an organization to ply its political agenda on unsuspecting practitioners by making a massage specialty (massage therapy) the new umbrella term.
My point in mentioning all this is that these arguments did not, in my opinion, clarify meaning and bring people together, but instead fueled personal political dilemmas by saying, "I'm right and you're wrong, stupid!" Perhaps political discussions lend themselves to these types of arguments, and I certainly fall into the trap more frequently than I am comfortable admitting. Luckily, there are alternatives.
I was recently involved with an organizational task force charged with developing management evaluation tools. During a task force work session, I was introduced to a concept called "Appreciative Inquiry." Quite simply, this term proposes not trying to find solutions to existing problems, but instead asking more questions about what is already wonderful, because whatever one wants more of already exists in the entity being considered. (A Web search of "Appreciative Inquiry" will bring much amplifying information.) So, without trying to push the political "buttons" of anyone in the massage field, here is a quote from within another industry. See if you think this concept would work in the organized massage world. Thomas White, former President of GTE Telephone Operations, said:
David Cooperrider, one of the developers of Appreciative Inquiry, offers this thought: "In problem-solving, it is assumed that something is broken, fragmented, not whole, and that it needs to be fixed. Thus, the function of problem-solving is to integrate, stabilize, and help raise to its full potential the workings of the status quo."
I'm not sure how you feel, but I think the massage world deserves better than the infighting evident in the status quo. What we call ourselves is just one example. Let's build on what we have in common, not what sets us apart. With that thought in mind, and without trying to force my own perspective of "how it ought to be," I can't help but think that we all share one of my greatest sources of satisfaction - someone leaving my office that stops to give me a genuine smile and say, "Thank you!"
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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