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Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
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How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
First Do No Harm?
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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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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