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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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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 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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
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.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm hoping you'll remember my editorial concerning rule changes to the massage licensing law in North Carolina (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/04/11.html).I recently received a response from the attorney representing the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). I was flattered and amazed at the response. I am always flattered when I find that someone actually reads my editorials to discover my perspectives and points of view! I was amazed though, that the North Carolina board felt my opinions were worth generating a four-page letter in response. I want to thank both the NCBMBT and its attorney for taking the time to respond. It is important that awareness and exploration of issues precedes action. The letter was an attempt to "set the record straight" from their perspective. I wish I could print the letter, but it is far too long; however, you can view it at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/12.html.
The attorney's letter stated that my editorial did a disservice to Massage Today readers by making false and misleading statements and discrediting his agency. From my perspective, the attorney suggested that my criticisms were made necessary because of the mission of his board. The actual practice act states:
While I understand his need to effectively represent his client, I think the lawyer missed the point - much as the North Carolina Board missed the boat on effective regulation. He does state that the board has many responsibilities and costs, but is limited in its funding, which makes me want to rethink some of my criticisms of how it regulates schools; it makes me hope that what appears to be unfair treatment of small proprietary schools and community colleges is due to a funding compromise, as opposed to a spiteful act.
Having met this attorney several years ago at a meeting of the (now defunct) National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards, I believe that he has a desire to have fair and effective legislation associated with his work. I just wish that the practicing massage therapists that he counsels passed on to him more of the realities of our profession, and after re-reading his response many times, I stand by almost all of my original opinions; however, I do need to correct one of my comments.
In my editorial, I said "There is a requirement to report others' violation of NC rules within 10 days or be subject to the same penalties as the person causing violation." Unfortunately, this was information given to me that I did not sufficiently fact-check; in fact, it is not true that failure to report would result in the same penalty as the person committing a violation. Thanks to the board's letter to me, I find that failure to report is a minor infraction, which would result in smaller fines and a lighter disciplinary sanction. I apologize for my misstatement.
On another note, I hope everyone reads Rebecca Razo's article, "Setting the Record Straight: Massage Gets a Bad Rap in National Report" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/02.html). A frequently quoted physician was interviewed for a piece that appeared in print and on T.V. in several major media markets. His perceived messages to the public indicated that 15 percent of massage patients need corrective treatment following massage and that "thin people" should avoid deep-tissue massage because of potential injury. The fact that these statements were made by a physician and carried by major regional network news outlets brought credibility to the story. Unfortunately, that "credibility" is only the appearance of truth, and borders on hypocrisy. I am not shocked that a physician chose to pull bogus statistics out of the air, but I am shocked that these claims were made by a DO, presumably trained in the efficacy of manual techniques to facilitate homeostasis.
I have no doubt that these messages about potential massage pitfalls will have adverse effects on those "on the fence" about whether massage could be a solution to their discomfort. That is most unfortunate, as more people will now likely be dealing with unnecessary effects of stress and dysfunction than would have otherwise. This indicates to me that we need to continue publishing all the research data on touch we can find; it is also proof-positive that if we want to expand our practices, our existing patients/clients are the most important people on the earth!
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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