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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
We Get Letters & E-Mail
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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