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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.
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.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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