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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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?
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
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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:
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to "'Rub Club' Creator Rubs Wrong Way," from the August issue, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html.
The "Ridicchio-ulous" Ricchio
I have been a licensed massage therapist for five years and have worked in physical therapy offices, chiropractic offices and athletic clubs. The only place that was actually fair to me was the athletic club in which I received a 60 percent cut for a four-hour shift. It is time for massage therapists to stand up for their careers. If we continue to work for physical therapy and chiropractic offices, our treatments will be underestimated because their main focus is not massage therapy. They want their businesses to excel. To get started and to gain experience [in massage], we can work for chiropractors and physical therapists, but we should not look at it as a career. We will not move up in that environment.
Dr. Ricchio does have a point. The massage therapists that work for this guy at $20 per massage do not value themselves; I would not want a massage from them. I currently work for a physical therapy office in Manhattan; they take 50 percent and tips are mine. I have not found any place that actually works for the therapist. They are in the interest of their own companies.
Can you blame them? I work here for now, but I have my best interests at heart and am building my own massage practice on the side. Dr. Ricchio sounds as if he is the worst of them all. He is in it for self gain almost 100 percent. Working for 50 percent is not fun, but that is the reality of the business world. The only way to change that is to fight for your own business and career.
Krystal Stone, LMT
I just read both Rebecca [Razo]'s article (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html), as well as Cliff Korn's editorial in response (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/09.html) to the chiropractor and his recommendations for the establishment of office massage therapy services for fellow DCs. Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful interpretation, as well as raising the level of consciousness of our fellow practitioners to this potential misuse of our knowledge, skills and professional courtesy by other health care providers.
Judy Dean, MEd., RN, NCTMB, CHt
Once again, arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand. Those that know the true benefits of professional massage therapy are not attracted to establishments such as Mr. Ricchio's. It sounds like he's running a sweatshop. Those therapists are disability cases waiting to happen. It's disgraceful. May some wisdom be applied to this situation.
Thank you for your editorial on the "Rub Club" and Dr. Ricchio. I'm going to go ahead and take his advice. I'm starting a "Crack Club." I plan to hire a chiropractor to do a $10 adjustment; after all, it only takes a few seconds, and any monkey can crack a back. I'll have to find a female, of course, and a rather small one, as a large male might hurt someone and get me in trouble. I plan to have clients come in every day and just garner their wages until they are bled dry and I can have a passive income. I'm also going to have the lady come in Saturdays and Sundays so I can make a ton of money every day of the week, even up to midnight, when I am either in the Cayman Islands or in bed. Thanks for speaking up about this approach to loving health care.
Dennis Diehl, LMT, NCBTMB
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to the World Chiropractic Alliance and copied to Massage Today by its author.
Dear WCA Editor(s):
I read with some interest last month the advice column written by Dr. Geoff Ricchio on the subject of making money with massage therapy in a chiropractic office. As a practicing Massage Therapist, I was insulted by Dr. Ricchio's obviously low opinion of me, my colleagues, and the profession to which I have devoted myself for over a decade. Even so, I resisted my impulse to write him in response. After reading the other two articles he authored on your site, I decided that, aside from a handful of dead presidents, Dr. Ricchio doesn't seem to respect anyone very much.
A week or so after I read the article, I attempted to bring it up on your site in order to show it to a colleague of mine and discovered the following message in its place: "The page cannot be found. The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable." I conclude from this that you have deliberately taken the page down. It is about this action that I felt compelled to contact you.
Judging by the wealth of other material on your site about issues important to your organization, your approach seems to be very much "tell it like it is." But in response to the outcry over Dr. Ricchio's column, you snuck off into the night. Either you stand by this guy and what he says - you did choose to publish him more than once - or you stand up straight and apologize in your newsletter and on your site for his and your bad judgment.
Making the offending document disappear (the great luxury of publishing on the Internet) doesn't address the offense and harm you have caused. It only makes you look, if you will pardon the expression, spineless.
Tony Siacotos, LMT
Update: The following notice is currently posted on the WCA Web site, following Dr. Ricchio's most recent online article (www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/tcj/2004/sep/ricchio.htm):
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