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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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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 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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Profitable Massage...But Not For You!
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Thanks to everyone who wrote to ask why I left Massage Today! I didn't leave, of course, but many of you expressed surprise at finding last month's editorial written by Managing Editor Rebecca Razo instead of by me.It was flattering to get so many expressions of concern, and I apologize for not adding an explanation to Rebecca's excellent article, which gave me a needed break. So, like it or not, you are still subject to my thoughts and opinions, because I'm here for as long as MT will have me!
Getting right to it for this month, I'd like to ask you to hop on your computer, open your Web browser, and check out www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/tcj/2004/jul/ricchio.htm. If your sensibilities are even remotely similar to mine, you'll find it akin to dumping a bottle of hot sauce on your ice cream - it will make your nose wrinkle up right before your ears start to steam. The article is by Dr. Geoff Ricchio, a chiropractor who "advises" other chiropractors how to create profitable massage programs. In my estimation, Dr. Ricchio appears to be a genuine walking, talking ethics void! He also appears to want to ride your back all the way to the bank.
Some clues to his smarmy business practices are his advertised phone number (831-GET-PAID) and his moneymaking program named the "Rub Club Massage Income System." My first inclination was to ignore this individual as an isolated bump on the continuum of ignorance, but then I read his bio, which says the "Rub Club" is used by more than 600 chiropractic clinics nationwide; moreover, his article was published in a journal touted as being "Read and respected by more doctors of chiropractic than any other professional publication in the world." His preposterous statements to that large an audience deserve to be challenged!
Dr. Ricchio outlines six points ("Ricchio's Rules") for creating a profitable massage program. Three of the six are valid: He suggests creating a low-cost massage therapy program in a chiropractic office for the general public; he suggests it is wise to have the massage program available as part of a wellness program for the business community; and he suggests making massage available seven days a week to meet the scheduling needs of the public, as well as to generate passive income. I have no problems with those concepts.
Where Dr. Ricchio shows his true feelings related to massage are in his first three "rules," which I quote below:
The first rule isn't a rule at all but an opinion of you and me, and very likely a reflection of what a delightful man he is to work for! Rule two is indicative of Dr. Ricchio's feelings on the limited value of massage for anything other than filling his pockets. It is about as valid a point as suggesting that no one should ever pay more than $5 for a chiropractic adjustment. The third rule asks that chiropractors engage in discriminatory hiring practices. Sure, he says he knows it's "wrong" (not to mention illegal!) but suggests chiropractors do it anyway. I'll bet that violates an ethics or standards of practice document somewhere!
The reason for all these suggestions is made clear near the beginning of his article. He states, "I have used massage therapists in my practice for the last 18 years and found them to be an incredible adjunct, not only contributing to improved patient retention but increased income, as well." Isn't it strange that beneficial patient outcome isn't listed as one of the reasons to use massage therapy in a chiropractic setting, but merely for patient retention and increased income? He misses the most important part of why massage therapy and chiropractic share such a symbiotic relationship! It's about the patient, not him!
The complementary/alternative/integrative (pick one!) medicine movement has enough problems proving its credibility. Dr. Ricchio is likely to turn a discerning public away from chiropractic care, but I'll let that industry worry about its own health. My concern is that his espousal of the misuse and abuse of massage therapists will give the public a poor first taste of the abilities and potential for massage therapy as a wellness intervention. That adversely affects all of us! I asked several chiropractors I know to give me their opinions of Dr. Ricchio's article, but a tight deadline didn't allow them respond fast enough to get included in this editorial. I'm hoping that they get back to me with expressions of distaste for the concepts promoted by Dr. Ricchio.
Many of us who have worked for chiropractors or who regularly get referrals from chiropractors know just how well the two interventions work in concert toward optimum health. My suggestion to those of you courted by "Ricchio's Raiders" is to be very, very unavailable.
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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