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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Will You Be My Advisor?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I am going to blatantly steal an idea that Massage Today's publisher, Don Petersen, printed in our sister publication, Dynamic Chiropractic, a few months ago. He asked for members of the chiropractic profession to volunteer to be his "chiropractic advisors." It sounded like a good idea, and so I'm asking the massage profession to do the same.
Simply put, I would like to know if you would be willing to be my "massage therapy advisors." I know how busy you are, so I would make sure to respect your time; chances are, I'd probably consult with you no more than six to eight times a year - and even then, it would almost always be by e-mail.
The experiences you have as a massage therapist, seeing clients, and making the benefits of our profession known throughout your community, are very important to me.You can provide additional insight on how Massage Today can best serve our profession and, in turn, help best serve your clients. Your feedback will help point Massage Today in the direction you think it should go as we look to utilize MT, MassageToday.com and our online "To Your Health" newsletter (and any other great ideas you come up with) in ways that will best benefit the profession.
Our ultimate goal is to meet your needs in the areas where we can make a difference. Understanding your needs and how best to meet them is almost impossible unless you have direct input. You know what is most important to you; I want to hear what you have to say.
As you already know, more than 80,000 massage therapists, vendors, students and other health care providers who practice massage are reading this article. That's a pretty big audience, and it takes a pretty sophisticated communications system to get in touch with all of them. The good thing is, such a system is already in place - e-mail - which allows us to get in touch virtually any time, from virtually anywhere. That is one of the reasons I'd like my advisors to speak with me by e-mail. It also ensures that only the massage therapists who want to be my advisors are contacted.
Over the past five years, we've collected the e-mail addresses of tens of thousands of massage therapists. In the coming months, we will send e-mail to our prospective massage advisors to find out how many would like to participate. To keep your time commitment at a minimum, this e-mail will include a link to a form, which will give you the ability to provide short responses to questions, or to just click on your choice from a list of possible answers. It will rarely require more than three or four minutes of your time.
You can confirm if you want to be (or remain) one of my advisors with each advisory e-mail. If you do, simply provide your opinion on the topics included in the e-mail. If at any time you no longer want to be an advisor, there will always be an opt-out feature that you can use to tell us.
If you would like to be one of my advisors, would you please send me an e-mail letting me know that you would be willing to share your opinion with me? You can e-mail me at the following address, which we've set up specifically for this purpose: .
Please know that your personal opinions will not be published or shared outside of our company. It is our intention to better understand your needs and what issues we should be involved with and/or encourage others to pursue in order to help meet those needs.
Thank you so much for considering being my massage advisor. Your thoughts are very important to me. They will help shape what we do, what we support, and where we focus our efforts for you, your practice and our profession.
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters related to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or by regular mail to:
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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