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The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
"Rub Club" Creator Rubs Wrong Way
By Rebecca J. Razo
Editor's Note: For more on this story, read Cliff Korn's editorial, "Profitable Massage...But Not for You!" in the August 2004 issue www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/09.html.
California chiropractor Geoff Ricchio, creator of the Rub Club Massage Income System and self-proclaimed consultant to the health care and chiropractic industries, published a recent article titled, "Creating a Profitable Massage Program," in the July 2004 issue of The Chiropractic Journal, a publication of the World Chiropractic Alliance.
At first glance, the article appears to contain typical marketing advice on how chiropractors can build the massage aspect of their businesses.Upon closer evaluation, however, three of the six "tips" dubbed "Ricchio's Rules," are exceedingly prejudicial against massage therapists and the massage therapy profession, while the other three focus exclusively on the moneymaking aspects of massage therapy, rather than patient care.
The article even takes a shot at Ricchio's own profession when he speculates that most people, if offered, would take a free massage session over a free chiropractic session: "The simple fact is," the article says, "that everybody loves massage, but not many people understand or even want chiropractic care."1
One of the tips - Rule #3 - that advises chiropractors to "Only hire female therapists. I know this is wrong to do, but it only takes one male massage therapist to touch a woman inappropriately and you're sued and shut down by the Sheriff's department,"1 promotes the illegal and unethical practice of gender discrimination. And Rule #4 objects to paying therapists more than $20 for an hour session: "When these people get out of school, they seem to think they deserve $60 per hour! Yet, I've found that MTs will work harder for you at $20 per hour... ."1
The most disturbing of "Ricchio's Rules," however, is Rule #1, which states, "Massage therapists are difficult to deal with. Make no mistake about it, MTs are at times scary people to deal with. All my problems with workers in my office have always been with massage therapists. They have a hard time adhering to normal office hours or even office protocol,"1 a blanket statement clearly intended to create division between chiropractors and massage therapists.
Dr. Ricchio, who affirmed his interest in granting an interview to Massage Today and told us that, indeed, "the article has created quite a stir in the massage community,"2 failed to respond to additional questions posed by MT by the stipulated press deadline.
So, do the sentiments expressed in Ricchio's article reflect a consensus within the chiropractic community?
No, according to Donald J. Krippendorf, DC, president of the American Chiropractic Association and operator of a successful private practice in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he employs massage therapists.
Massage Today asked Dr. Krippendorf his general opinion of massage therapy and massage therapists. "I've always thought of massage therapy to be a very good conjunctive treatment for patients," he said. "I have never seen, nor have I ever had a bad experience with massage therapists; I've always felt we've helped each other. I've referred patients to massage therapists on many occasions and vice versa."3
When asked if he has ever had any patient complaints about the massage therapists in his office, Dr. Krippendorf chuckled. "The biggest complaint I hear [from patients] is the[ir] trouble getting an appointment. I have nothing but praise for massage therapy," he said.3
To voice your opinion about Dr. Ricchio's article, contact the World Chiropractic Alliance at 800-347-1011 or via e-mail at .
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