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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Massage Profession From the American Medical Massage Association
By Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC
The American Medical Massage Association (AMMA) has long been aware of the controversy and complexities surrounding the designation "medical massage." The AMMA was formed by physicians, allied medical personnel and massage therapists with interests in massage therapy who sought to professionally differentiate themselves from general massage practices that lacked ethical or scientific precepts.The AMMA does not seek to define medical massage for the massage community but rather seeks to establish definitions and guidelines for our membership, which is a multidisciplinary group of massage and allied health providers.
Since 1998, the AMMA has provided its membership with definitions based on professional ethical practices, state regulations, and scientific studies. The development of medical massage as viewed by the AMMA and its members, is an ongoing process and not an event. Definitions and guidelines of what constitutes medical massage legally and scientifically continue to unfold as the practice of medical massage matures, is recognized by state regulatory bodies, and is illuminated by scientific investigation into the biology of massage therapy, biomechanics, and other related sciences of manual medicine.
The AMMA has been preparing and releasing documents related to medical massage for the last six years and this, in part, has accounted for the growth of the association within a narrow and select population of massage therapists in the U.S. who meet AMMA's membership requirements, which are the strictest among the massage associations. The AMMA is not in a race with other associations for members, and indeed our minimum membership requirement for lay massage therapists eliminates the majority of massage therapists in the U.S. from membership.
The AMMA is a multidisciplinary voluntary membership association with members representing medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, naprapathy and massage therapy who utilize massage therapy in their health care practices relative to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Lay massage and allied medical members of the AMMA are expected and required to observe and obey state laws protecting the practice of medicine and other state regulatory statutes. Lay massage therapists advertising and practicing medical massage are required to work under the direct in-office supervision of a licensed physician, or as defined by state law.
The AMMA points to the historical tradition of medical massage as practiced and utilized by physicians and allied medical personnel and as used in the corrective and restorative treatment of patients in formal medical and clinical settings. Many unqualified individuals within the general massage community have offered their personal and mostly uneducated opinions of what medical massage is. Nowhere has the AMMA witnessed a valid definition; indeed, most of what has been offered has only furthered misunderstandings and misconceptions within the massage profession. The AMMA views medical massage as a division of the science of manual medicine, which is also represented by manual therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, naprapathy and other forms of treatment based on manual practices.
The AMMA strongly embraces the precepts and foundations of medicine that are related to scientific research, academic integrity and professional ethics. The AMMA has published numerous papers related to current scientific research as it may be applied to manual medicine and medical massage therapy and continues to provide this information to its members through its published scientific journal, training manuals and other educational materials and programs. The AMMA has stated that valid education in medical massage is predicated upon accepted science and scientifically validated techniques. And, in regards to professional ethics, the AMMA has established that the practice of non-physiological or fringe massage practices is unethical in a medical or clinical setting where patients are being treated for pain and suffering.
The question has been repeatedly asked, "Why call yourself a medical massage therapist?" The answer for the members of the AMMA is based on educational qualifications, medical and clinical training, state regulations and licensure, national board examination and certification, professional membership, and ongoing training and evaluation; however, for the AMMA member, the answer is more accurately related to the division between massage therapists who have met minimal educational standards obtained at substandard massage schools, who are trained in and use unscientific, non-physiological and fringe massage practices, and the standards that have been met by members of the AMMA. From this point of view, medical massage, and its re-establishment, was an idea whose time had come again.
As the various "stakeholders" in the massage profession attempt to define medical massage, we ask them to keep in mind the several thousand current members of the AMMA and their voices. It is the opinion of the AMMA that medical massage will not so much be defined by democratic process as by current and future legal definitions and by scientific and academic process. The AMMA believes that medical massage must be defined in much the same way as physical or occupational therapy has been, by research and clinical studies of its techniques and protocols. We believe that the most important thing that the AMMA can do is call for professional understanding and unity.
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