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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
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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