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Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
Readers can respond to letters at .
Editor's Note: Some letters have been edited for space and clarity.
In Defense of CranioSacral Therapy
Regarding "CranioSacral Therapy Outlawed in Mississippi" (Nov.2003, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/11/01.html), I took care of a doctor five years ago for simple plantar fascitis. He was attending a seminar that addressed the fact that they (the doctors) are losing a great deal of business to alternative providers. By the way, one treatment took his foot pain away, and lengthened the fascia in his calves, which was causing the pain.
So, this all is about money. Doctors stand to make huge amounts by having massage therapists work only for them or severely limiting their capabilities. In my practice, I am so busy that I have frequently referred clients to doctors; it is not the other way around. I know a prominent doctor that tells patients when they need a good massage. He is good; he is busy. This doctor is not intimidated by a massage therapist's capabilities. I am sure that the real noise is coming from those who are seriously lacking in their capabilities, have a lot of time on their hands, and think the grass is greener on our side and they want a chunk.
CranioSacral Therapy allows bones to return to their homeostasis. We work with the connective tissues that surround them, and not like a division of chiropractic that "jolts" bones into place without doing anything about the surrounding tissues. Each time a client mentions a chiropractor, I ask if the chiropractor referred them to a massage therapist. Most of the cases are not. We really need to collaborate as medical professionals for the benefit of our patients. Turf wars need to cease, and selfish practitioners need to be ousted or re-educated.
I begin by saying I can in no way comment on the "Cell Talk" dispute (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/01/11.html), but I would like to share my daughter's experience. She was born in July 1990, through a hasty and rushed delivery wherein the doctor demanded forceps after only a few moments of my pushing, and his obvious hurry to be somewhere else. The outcome was Erb's Palsy, a very serious birth injury.
After being told by members of this particular doctor's practice and our pediatrician that Erb's is "very minor and only requires pinning up her sleeve," I knew I was being seriously and intentionally misled by the various medical doctors. My daughter received immediate and intense four-day-a-week physical therapy for many years, as well as fantastic CranioSacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute. In short, her pediatric neurologist says it is only because of this care that she has been able to go from the worst 10 percent of those he has seen with Erb's to the best 10 percent.
To Dr. Turchaninov: I agree you must not knock what you haven't experienced. May you never mislead innocent patients, as I have experienced. While you have your favorite Japanese saying, I like my husband's in this case - "Every dog has his day." (The doctor who delivered my daughter succeeded in committing suicide a few years ago after repeated attempts.)
To Dr. Upledger and your colleagues who, day in and day out, tolerate the attacks of arrogant and rude medical doctors with tunnel vision: Thank you for being the bigger people. Please don't ever lose sight of the bigger picture. My beautiful 12-year-old with two strong arms would be walking around with a dwarfed, atrophied arm if the four "prestigious" medical doctors involved with her care had it their way.
"How exciting to see an article that addresses components of a quality massage education"
I have often thought about responding to articles I've seen in your publication, but now I am finally "picking up the pen." Thank you for the comprehensive article in your January issue by Gail Frei regarding quality education programs in the massage field! (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/01/04.html). Having recently been an instructor at a local technical school that was just starting a massage therapy program, I can attest that there are schools getting into this area whose programs appear to be great on paper, but the reality in the classroom is far different.
I was shown a very detailed outline as to what this start-up program was to include when I interviewed for this position - it looked great! The director had taken course outlines from other schools, including in a neighboring state with strict statewide guidelines, and copied them in creating their program. Hey, if it's good, it's good, right? Why not copy it?
The problem is, they never took the next step and created the program! When I asked to see a copy of the training manual at the interview, I was told that that information is only shared after you're hired. After I was hired, I found out there was no training manual, and that I was expected to create one as I went along. When I expressed that the outline material didn't make for the best order in teaching, I was told the outline had been turned in to the state, and no changes could be made, but that I could do whatever worked for me in class. After all, who would know?
So, I am grateful for the abovementioned article. The specific questions suggested would help potential students (as well as potential instructors) realize what they're really getting into before signing on. I only wish that Massage Today would service these up-and-coming students with your magazine, as well as those already working in the field, so that they may benefit now from great information like this!
Sonya Bykofsky, LMT
Editor's note: Massage Today is provided to massage schools throughout the country for the benefit of students; additionally, subscriptions are free to schools and licensed and/or practicing massage therapists. Therapists wishing to subscribe may contact our reader services department at or 800-324-7758.)
How exciting to finally see an article that specifically addresses components of a quality massage education. We have heard much complaining about the state of massage education and now we have Gail Frei offering sound, sensible answers to the question of what comprises quality. Expecting a student to participate fully in the educational process, while offering the student all of the support needed to succeed makes such good sense. Perhaps our new mantra for massage training should become "more sense," not "more hours." I will definitely keep this article and share it with those who ask me how to choose a massage training program.
Kathy Kyar, LMT
The following letters were not published in this month's print version of Massage Today.
More Praise for Gail Frei
Thank you for the article by Gail Frei,"Quality Education Programs Benefit More Than Students" in the January issue www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/01/04.html Ms. Frei obviously has a world of experience, and she expresses the need for high standards quite succinctly.
As an anatomy and physiology instructor, I try to provide my students witht he information they will need to afford their clients the best treatment, and to avoid doing harm. It is indeed difficult when students arrive late, do not arrive at all, or when they have a cavalier attitude toward instruction.
Ms. Frei clearly explains the accountability of both student and massage school in the education process. I sincerely hope that many readers of Massage Today take her message to heart.
Jo-Ann Crawley, RN, BSN, LMT
One More Comment Concerning the Massage Poll
Regarding the letter to the editor about the October 2003 online massage poll on the usefulness of the NCBTMB test as an indicator of one's abilities as a massage therapist (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/01/13.html): A written, multiple-choice exam only tests the ability to retain information and to regurgitate it in the test format. A written test with no practical exam component cannot possibly assess the ability of an aspirant to deliver competent treatment.
The NCBTMB's rebuttal of [Massage Today's] admittedly nonscientific poll only drew from practitioners who shelled out the not inconsiderable to take the test and therefore have an interest in it's acceptance as a measure of competence.
Until there is reciprocity among regulating bodies who accept is as a requirement to practice, it is nothing more than another certificate on the wall. Perhaps less indicative of competence than a certificate from a continuing-education seminar or class.
Monte L. Isaacs, LMT
Editor's note: To view the original poll referenced by this letter, visit www.massagetoday.com/massagepoll/03archive/10_03.php.
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