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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
West Virginia Bill Could Negatively Impact Massage Therapists
By Rebecca J. Razo
Newly enacted legislation in West Virginia will allow chiropractic assistants to administer massage therapy under the guidance of chiropractors. House Bill (HB) 2669, designed to promulgate legislative rules affecting several state agencies, passed the Senate on April 9, 2005; Gov.Joe Manchin signed the bill into law a month later. Among other things, the bill approves an amendment to the rule overseeing the practice of chiropractic in West Virginia by adding the word "massage" to the duties of chiropractic assistants.1,2
According to the West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board (WVMTLB), massage therapists initiated letter writing campaigns, made phone calls, and even issued an eleventh-hour request to Gov. Manchin to veto the bill, all to no avail. The new law has many West Virginia therapists concerned and wondering what impact it will have on the practice of massage in their state. The massage board believes the rule violates state laws regarding massage licensure.
"When a state has licensure, [it] require[s] all practitioners of massage therapy to be licensed," said WVMTLB Chair Joan Wysong in an e-mail message to Massage Today. "If chiropractors who are not trained in massage were allowed to train their assistants to practice massage techniques, it would be a conflict. As a board we are protecting the public from a potential situation that would cause harm."
Calls to the West Virginia Board of Chiropractic Examiners were not returned; however, an article in The Charleston Gazette indicated that the purpose of the new language isn't intended to allow chiropractic assistants to perform full massage, but rather to allow them to prepare patients for chiropractic treatment.3
But Wysong remains steadfast in her position. "Massage therapists are trained and then licensed by the state, and that law needs to be respected," she said.
Massage Today will report relevant updates on this situation as they become available.
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