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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Profession From the Medical Massage Office & Associates
By Damien Berg
As a relative newcomer to the "medical massage" industry, I have seen first hand the deep rifts, confusion and animosities that are forming. I recently sold my massage practice in California to move to Wilmington, NC, to help run The Medical Massage Office & Associates (TMMO).Within a week of my arrival, I was forced upon the national scene and the ongoing debate of medical massage. It was easy for me as the Director of Education and Training to state the tried and true mantra, that the medical massage profession is the best and where you need to be. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of flack that I received my first month. I stood fast and hung in. I tried to obey some rules set forth by a mentor of mine: 1) Don't go into a new job/position and make changes right off the bat; 2) Keep your mouth shut and observe your surroundings; 3) Finally, don't attach your self-worth so close to your position, so that when your position falls, your self-worth goes with it. This is what I stand for personally and professionally.
Now, 90 days into this job, I have made the decision that it is time for TMMO to separate from Mr. David Luther and the other organizations that represent and support the political side of the medical massage Industry. As the future owner and CEO of TMMO, there will be a clear and distinct separation from Mr. Luther and any political organization. As of July 5, 2005, the business is in legal transfer and the corporation is in full audit. Pending any unforeseen circumstances, I will fully take over by Sept. 1, 2005. With this new position, there have come a lot of questions from people in the industry. They have asked me about my "stance" or "take" on the medical massage debate. Simply put, I am for any type of education or standards that enhance massage therapists and the industry.
I have worked on the "other side" of the medical world, as a medic, trainer and surgical technician. If we want to be recognized as professionals and have our therapy taken seriously in the patient's care plan, we need to stop shouting among ourselves, and stop telling the "medical system" how good we are and what we can do for their patients. We need to first speak their language, walk their walk and look the look of a professional at all times. It does not matter whose continuing education classes you take, be it those offered by Aaron Mattes, Erik Dalton, James Waslaski, David Kent, Whitney Lowe or any of the other excellent educators of today. Professional and quality education will always lead the way. I have had the chance to personally meet some of these educators, and I am impressed with their dedication to the industry and to the development of the massage therapist's skills.
TMMO's stance on education is to bring the proven facts about massage and bodywork into the medical world's context. We believe in helping to "translate" the beautiful language of the massage world into the scary, confusing, and sometimes cold medical and insurance world. People know TMMO as insurance billing and reimbursement specialists, but this is only one facet of TMMO. It does not matter which insurance book you buy or what anatomy manual you study, as long as they are factual, based on truth, and are not distorted by egos.
As the future owner of TMMO, I strongly support any organization that sets a high standard of education, verification and validation of the massage therapist. The NCBTMB has set the standard through the years by providing excellent testing and continuing education standards. We are proud CEU providers for the NCBTMB and will continue to be as long as I sit at this chair. The Medical Massage National Certification Board (MMNCB) has offered another classification of training not much unlike what the medical world does for advanced training for MDs, nurses and trainers. As a lifelong student of the human body, medicine and massage therapy, I know that it is a good goal to strive for education and never be complacent. Tests or organizations that uphold the highest standards and challenge therapists to be better and continually learn should be supported. When I'm asked, "Do we need another test?" my response is always to be sure that certain standards are held into account. The physicians need to know that the therapist that they are entrusting their patient with is trained and skilled. The insurance companies, who will be paying for the therapy, have a standard to ensure that proper treatment, documentation and legalities have occurred. And most importantly, the patients deserve to know that the therapist is qualified, trained and competent to address the condition that they have been referred for.
When the dust settles from all of this, I hope that we as massage therapists have learned a lesson. That knowledge, success, and humility in life do not come easy and that it is not an entitlement. It must be earned and must be continually and vigilantly worked for.
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