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"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
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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