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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
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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:
Rave Review for Ralph Stephens
Regarding the article "Of Cabbages and Kings" (Sept. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/09/12.html), this article is so right on. I am using it as my theme for my Eagles Toastmaster meeting. Thank you Massage Today for such compelling articles and most of all to Ralph R Stephens. Ralph: Say hello to your Auntie Lynnette, a wise lady.
Mitzi Zappala Daniels
The 11th Commandment
I would like to add an 11th Commandment of Prosperity to Cary Bayer's article, "The 10 Commandments of Prosperity," (Oct. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/07.html): "Thou shalt not let others take advantage of you either emotionally or financially." Being in a healing profession allows our empathy to stand out. Many times people can detect this and can try to use that trait to aid their cause. However, since our skills are honed for the good of our clients/humankind, it's important that we understand our self-worth and have the integrity to say "no."
Nina Hanson, LMT
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Cliff Korn's October editorial, "Thoughts on Being Part of Medicine" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/09.html).
More Thoughts on "Thoughts"
I had the privilege of reading Massage Today from my wife, who is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Ohio. I read your commentary from the October 2004 issue.
I am a licensed osteopathic physician with approximately 30 years of practice. I practice from a traditional osteopathic standpoint. The majority of my practice is dealing with osteopathic hands-on therapy.
As it stands to date, my profession is evolving into an understanding of osteopathy being most appropriate when we can take a patient to their most relaxed state. In this state, it is hoped that there will be a shift in the psyche of that patient to go to a complete state of relaxation and peace, and let go of the grief of their suffering. The idea of specifically focusing on manipulation as a form of specific treatment for specific diseases may begin to take a secondary role in the future.
Therefore, the benefit of relaxation massage whose purpose is to take this patient to a state of peace may have ultimate value as far as being primary for the "medicalization" of massage. I hope your profession never lets go of the thought of relaxation as a form of medical therapy.
One advantage my wife has as a massage therapist is that when a patient comes to her, that patient has made the commitment to let go of their stresses, anxieties and sufferings with the hope that she will take that patient to a state of relaxation and peace. Often times, orthodox medicine cannot do this as part of medical therapy. The concept of taking the patient to a point of peace and stillness within their spirit is an osteopathic fundamental for balancing the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the neurological basis for much control of disease and suffering within the medical milieu.
Kenneth J. Klak, DO
I have been a licensed massage therapist for 15 years with over 300 hours of CEUs. When I took the state board exam, I had to take both a written and a practical exam. Now, all you need is to take a written exam for a hands-on profession. The [massage therapy] CEUs required, in most cases, are so repetitive they are a waste of time and money. My collection of CEUs does not come from any medical source other than the psychiatric realm for stress release. Most of my clients are "little old ladies" with a variety of complaints. A lot are suffering from lack of touch.
I do not want to see a cadaver, cut up and dissected. I do not hurt people with my therapy. I do not choose to be a Rolfer or deal with other musculoskeletal problems. I have been pressed into studying therapies that I will never use, and must pay dearly for them. I refer clients (they are not patients-that is a medical term that we can be sued for using here in the Sunshine State) to osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and on several occasions, to other LMTs trained in colonic irrigation.
For those who are in the same position as I am, I would like to propose a cap on mandatory CEUs. I feel no need for further instruction, where you can read a leaflet, color in the right circles, and mail it off with over $200. I feel, by personal choice, a total of 100 credit hours of CEUs is enough. If you want to continue more studies, they should not be mandatory, but voluntary. If that does not satisfy you, then, by all mean go to a medical or chiropractic school. I do not choose to!
Alice Paprocki, BS, LMT
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