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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
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By Editorial Staff
"A touch condescending"
This letter is in response to Steve Miller's Arizona center and the article, "Advanced Certification: The Future of Massage Therapy?" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/02.html).While I applaud Mr. Miller for his efforts to enhance the practice of massage by raising skill levels, he should realize where the average massage practitioner's head is. I, for one, would like to see another level [of education] added for seasoned, dedicated and skilled practitioners. Ralph Stephens had a great name for this position: Soft Tissue Specialist; however, I do not feel that mastering courses like calculus is necessary. A four-year bachelor's degree may be asking too much for therapists who are well past the age of 40, but may have 10 years or more of massage experience. I have a bachelor's degree and enough extra courses - albeit in differing fields of study - for a master's degree.
In fairness, I feel [Miller's] center should be open to considering practitioners with a two-year associate's degree and five years or more of massage therapy experience, plus required CEUs and documented community service. They may have to pass an entrance exam, also. This should be enough to propel a therapist to a higher certification. Also, as massage practitioners, we do not need to "kowtow" to the allopathic establishment.
If the only reason for advancement in "real" health care is to bill insurance, then I feel (as I am sure many other massage therapists do) that this is not a necessary degree. Remember, as massage therapists, we would be the "low man on the totem pole" - below physical therapists. Do we really want to adhere to the system of "sick" care and greed? We would lose our holistic-minded focus and intent. Until every state has insurance laws like Washington - where insurance pays for massage in all instances - this therapist wishes little or no part of the insurance world's mess. I feel that Steve Miller's original idea and intent for our profession is worthy of consideration, but some kinks need to be worked out before many massage practitioners, such as myself, give their heartfelt approval.
Harry Waranch BA, LMT,CNMT
Maybe I am taking this the wrong way, but does anyone not find the new DMT Certification a touch condescending? It almost seems like it is stating that DMT certification is better than an LMT. I think that it is awful that providers in Arizona won't take claims from massage therapists, but I believe that it is a ridiculous notion to try to create a certification for insurance companies to accept massage therapy - especially with the certification requirements that the DMT program requires. It would seem that Mr. Miller made the criteria based on qualifications that he has already achieved - regardless of his real skill - because everyone knows that "book smart" is helpful but does not make you a good massage therapist. His advanced certification is based completely on what you know, as opposed to how effective you are. Plus, it is extremely elitist, and, I believe, disenfranchises the existing [massage] community and will cause a division within the community. A more effective way to have insurance companies recognize massage is to keep doing what has been done: validating massage therapy, not individual therapists - as Mr. Miller proposes to do.
In addition to calculus and statistics, Steve forgot to include a background in quantum physics, advanced human psychoanalysis, and anthropology in his new advanced massage therapy program. Some public service on the Space Shuttle might also be helpful. Sorry, he hit my sarcastic nerve.
Dennis Diehl, LMT
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