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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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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?
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.
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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