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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.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.)
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
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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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