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Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. 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.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
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By Editorial Staff
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Regarding Massage Research
Thanks for keeping Massage Today alive. Even though I am not a massage therapist, there is enough information that pertains to my own bodywork practice that I find it informative and interesting. Please let me comment on a couple of things in the May issue, particularly the results of the [online] poll (March 2004, www.massagetoday.com/massagepoll/04archive/3_04.php) and [Cliff Korn's] comments about how doctors learn about massage ("More Research, Please! www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/09.html).
I must confess that none of the factors listed in the poll is why my practice is successful. My competence is clearly why I am able to have a successful Shiatsu practice. This should be why every service provider can earn a living, bodywork therapists included! I help people when they come for a treatment. They feel better; they go home and tell their family and friends. They also tell their doctors why they feel better. I know who the docs are in my area. Even though most of them have never met me, they still refer patients to me. They know what I am doing helps because their patients tell them it does.
I do not believe most individual doctors need to see research papers to know about the efficacy of bodywork, as long as the risks remain low. I did not need to have research papers to convince me Shiatsu school was for me. Why should doctors argue with such obvious success? I also think that if you asked a group of doctors that have each referred patients for bodywork, they would agree that research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities might be needed before they would climb aboard the bandwagon. In other words, individually they are willing to support CAM, but as a group they are not, unless CAM researches itself the same way their current medical chaos does. It is also important to note that this is not nearly the issue in Europe, where docs have already boarded the wagon.
Lets face it, until the last few years, "sick" care has been the domain of the docs. They call it health care, though. Money aside, I can see a lot of confused professionals out there that do not understand why these "minor players" are making so much noise in their ball field, and as long as it is their ball park, the CAM players are supposed to play their game. We should not play their game. Let them play sick care; we will play wellness care. We will provide a low/no-risk service that is cheap compared with what they provide. Let them legislate themselves out of the insurance quagmire they have dug themselves into. We should keep the laws out of our businesses, since competent CAM carries no such risks. Doctors will learn about CAM - research or not - otherwise, they will loose their patients and they know it!
Ron Barron, Certified Shiatsu Therapist
I read with interest Cliff Korn's editorial in favor of massage research. I would like to second that motion and share my own experience with research. I have been taking Precision Neuromuscular (PNMT) courses and am now an instructor.
In order to become certified in PNMT, I had to take part in a research project. The project I chose was "the correlation between musician's soft tissue pain and the instrument played." Because I had to contact professional musicians to ask for their participation, I suddenly had access and connection to a whole new group. In addition, I had the opportunity to network with other therapists across the country, who were also involved in this research project.
Other therapists doing research on TMJ dysfunction found their referrals from dentists soaring because of the letters they had sent to the dentist's offices announcing their research, etc. So, I agree that massage research benefits our field in the long run. What I now realize is that it also benefits the researcher immediately.
"Stop arguing about what to call the work...let's do the work"
I would like to respond to James Waslaski's response to Herb Levin's letter to the editor (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/12.html) about the article "Medical Massage vs. Orthopedic Massage" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/02.html).
Enough already! I hear a lot about what we should call this or that. Last time I checked, insurance companies had no CPT codes for orthopedic or medical massage. So, let's stop arguing about what to call the work. Let's do the work and help people feel better. It's the reason we got in the business: to help people, not to promote our seminars.
I took Waslaski's 40-hour, five-day class in 2000 and since then, I have recommended it to more than 100 people. I even recommended it while attending the Medical Massage Practitioners of America 84-hour seminar taught by Herb Levin, which I also recommend to any therapist who wants to help other people get out of pain.
James states, "orthopedic massage is indeed an 'advanced discipline' of medical massage" and states somebody would have to spend six to 10 years with him before they could teach for him. In six to 10 years I could be an orthopedic surgeon! Still, I say "hats off" to anybody willing to back students with their name and reputation by certifying them. I agree we need national standards. Currently, there are registered massage therapists in one state, licensed massage therapists in another; 300 hours here; 800 there; 1200 somewhere else. There is room for everybody to work and teach. A high school diploma in one state is not the same high school education as the state next door. Let's work together to unify the standards of the massage world, not argue over what to call it.
David R Landsberg RMT, MTI
A Letter of Appreciation
I just wanted you to know that I am still receiving e-mail about my trip to Peru. That article has touched a lot of people ("Mission to Peru," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/03.html). Thank you for allowing me to share my experience with your readers.
I also want to thank you for the article on Mike McGillicuddy's wife and the award ("Hat's Off! FSMTA Celebrates Another Successful Convention," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/02.html). We are all so hurt with this loss. He needs to know that we care. Thank you for being there for all of us to learn and be informed. My husband has taken the paper to the university, and they have been impressed by such a wonderful publication for massage therapists.
Eva W Jones, LMT
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