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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
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By Editorial Staff
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Return of the Rub Club
I wish I had read your article a year ago ("Rub Club Creator Rubs Wrong Way," August 2004: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html). I just got out of a bad situation with a chiropractor here in town doing the Rub Club. I lived on about $150-$200 a week for one year. I kept thinking it would get better. This man has no business sense, no idea how to advertise, no idea how to deal with other people. Oh, he is good to his clients, but last week I went in to get my pay and he said it would be the last check. The contract was not up yet. Anyway, long story short, I am glad to be rid of him. But he has done some rather unethical things since that day. I guess my point is: Thanks for getting the word out. Maybe others won't have to deal with what I have.
Response to the July 2005 Massage Poll
I am rather embarrassed to be one to the 63.9% who are not involved in any political process regarding massage therapy. Now that I think of it, that may not be correct, as I do advocate changes/updates to the city's ordinances where I practice and have undertaken policing the Yellow Pages in my metro area, often in vain attempts to keep nontherapeutic ads out of the massage heading of the phone book.
I actually am quite intrigued and rather interested in the article which I believe prompted your poll question for this issue. I will be following the evolution of the New Organization closely. [Editor's note: Read "New Organization Formed to Benefit Massage Therapy," July 2005 issue: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/01.html.] I believe it is doable and that could/would help to unify our profession. While there are numerous issues to address undertaking something of this scope, I believe addressing reciprocity would be greatly appreciated and perhaps better accepted if done in the right manner.
Thank you for bringing this news to us. I enjoy reading your publication both online and when the hard copy arrives. I share it with the therapists who work with me.
Look forward to more on the new organization.
More Hours in Anatomy and Physiology
Let me start by saying that I am a chiropractic physician and have employed massage therapists as employees, independent contractors and as leasors of space, depending upon the therapist's desire. As a health care professional, I demand and expect a very high level of competency and proficiency in another when I entrust my patients' care to them. I expect that this professional can accomplish what is asked of them and understand the terminology and reasoning behind what is being asked of them. I would not tolerate for one second having to dumb down my instructions to a layman's level.
For example, if I wanted the quatratus lumborum, piriformis and obturator internis stripped from origin to insertion dynamically, that is all the instruction I should have to give to this professional therapist. I should not have to break it down any further, show them on a chart or their own body where these tissues are and explain origin and insertion to them. Nor should I have to be concerned about the therapist damaging the nerve and vascular tissues in the area because a complete knowledge of these tissues should be possessed by this professional. Nor would I tolerate a therapist who did what they "felt" was the right thing to do after having been instructed. The professional should discuss with the referring party their ideas or "feelings" about the treatment, but ultimately the decision is for the one in charge of the care. I personally would never refer my patients to a therapist who has not had extensive A and P training or time in a cadaver lab. Only one of the schools in my area provides this level of education and graduates from this school are the only ones I will entrust my patients to. If I cannot find this level of competency and proficiency in a therapist, then I do the work myself, because yes, I was trained in it in my college and CEUs. So, as far as my humble opinion goes - yes, more hours in anatomy and physiology, please.
Rick L. Curtis
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