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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
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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