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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
San Francisco Passes Controversial Massage Ordinance
By Editorial Staff
The Golden Gate Bridge. Lombard Street. Cable cars. San Francisco, long known for its distinct charm and appeal, has a little something for everyone. And effective July 1, 2004, "The City by the Bay" will add a controversial massage ordinance to its long list of unique characteristics.
In December 2003, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown passed the ordinance, which, among other things, shifts massage permit authority from the San Francisco Police Department to the Department of Public Health (DPH), and creates a two-tiered massage permit system that recognizes "therapeutic massage practitioners" on the one hand, and "adult entertainment massage workers" on the other.
According to information posted on the San Francisco Massage Ordinance Web site, the ordinance was created out of the need "to regulate adult entertainment massage and, in particular, massage parlors, which were perceived as a cover for prostitution-related crimes and as a magnet for activities ...that degrade the quality of life in a neighborhood." And though it was not intended to regulate massage practitioners, "therapeutic practitioners have been directly affected by the ordinance," nonetheless.1
The San Francisco Coalition of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Practitioners -- an alliance of professional massage therapists created to protect their interests -- did not believe in the necessity of city massage regulation; however, the coalition ultimately consented to the ordinance because of ensuing politics: "Most San Francisco elected officials have no desire to wipe out the massage parlors, so the net result is that therapeutic practitioners have to coexist, for the time being, with adult entertainment practitioners. We have come to the best compromise that we believe possible at this time."1
On the San Francisco Ordinance Web site, the coalition cited the following reasons for supporting the ordinance:
Under previous local legislation, all massage therapists were referred to as "masseuse/masseur" and required to have 70 hours of massage education. Under the new two-tiered system, the first level of practitioner, the "general massage practitioner," is required to have 100 hours to practice, while the "advanced massage practitioner" is required to have 200 educational hours.2
The ordinance also adds the "solo practitioner massage establishment" - a third business-permit option - to existing "massage establishment" and "outcall massage" options. The solo massage establishment business permit is available only to advanced massage practitioners and subject to fewer regulatory conditions.
While the ordinance may ease the permit process and clearly distinguishes therapeutic massage practitioners from adult entertainers, its implications do not sit well with some Bay Area massage therapists, especially since adult entertainment massage is often - though not always - associated with prostitution.
"Giving San Francisco's 'sex slave' rings, a compromise gift is not my idea of good massage legislation," said Brian Goodwin, BA, NCTMB, a massage therapist for over a decade. "I'm not necessarily saying California's massage law has to follow paths used by other states, but I do think any massage law should help protect the public. The new San Francisco massage law may offer the public a license to look at, but a license [that] represent[s] nothing."3
However, David Palmer, founder of the TouchPro Institute and co-chair of the coalition, sees things differently. "Legislation in the massage field is a complex issue," Palmer said in a phone interview with Massage Today. "The primary reason for all massage legislation is because of prostitution. Because prostitution is illegal, [some] are using massage as containers for business. In order to control adult entertainment, [we] need to regulate massage parlors...San Francisco is unique in that the Board of Supervisors does not see massage parlors as a 'legal' issue; they prefer to see massage parlor prostitution decriminalized except when there is a victim [of a crime]."4
According to Palmer, San Francisco city officials are primarily concerned with human trafficking offenses and the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases. In order to address these issues, "San Francisco has not chosen to take a standard route to separate or distinguish adult entertainment from therapeutic massage," he said.4
And though Palmer admits the ordinance is "not a perfect solution," he believes it is a "clear step forward," and insists it is not a setback for the massage profession or future massage regulation. Instead, Palmer believes the ordinance benefits therapeutic massage practitioners, especially in regards to establishing private practices.
Palmer also stressed that the ordinance had the support of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals -- something Goodwin finds disheartening. "Months back, I wanted to get my picture taken setting my AMTA certificate on fire, and get [the photo] published," he said.
Goodwin has since taken a less drastic approach of conveying his distaste for the AMTA's support of the ordinance by simply withdrawing his membership.3
Conversely, Palmer is unfazed by critics. "San Francisco is a trendsetter," he said. "The message going out is that we've grown up in the past 20 years in this culture. San Francisco is saying, 'We trust [that] our citizens can make the distinction [between adult entertainment and therapeutic massage].'"
Palmer believes the ordinance is just the first of many transitions relative to San Francisco massage regulation. "It's not the last word in massage," he said. "But it's a good first word."
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