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Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I constantly am amazed at the variety of topics massage therapists discuss with me. This past month has been quite interesting, and I'm going to share some of the issues brought to my attention.I must stress, however, that I am not a definitive source of information on any of these issues. I have only opinions, not answers. If you want answers, you need to be contacting our "Dear Lynda" columnist, not the editor!
One prospective massage therapist from New York started his e-mail to me with, "This might be a dumb question but" I used to think there were no dumb questions, but I guess I might have judged too quickly, as the writer went on to ask my thoughts about breaking the law and working unlicensed. Apparently, "There isn't much opportunity for massage therapists that much anymore." Overlooking the fact, for a moment, that there has never been a better time to work as a massage therapist in the history of the whole wide world, does this writer think the editor of the largest touch therapy trade publication on the planet would advise that there are loopholes in the law that can be exploited so one can bilk the public by impersonating a massage therapist? My answers to this person would be to follow the laws in your jurisdiction, go to school, start your business and work hard to grow it, the same as you would if you were a carpenter, a Quiznos sub franchisee, a hot dog street vendor or a barber. The writer asked, "Could I maybe give massages (which I think in general I am good at) and accept only tips, plus have everyone sign a medical type release form in case someone tries to claim that I caused them harm or something like that?" No, you can't!
Another reader from California wrote, "I am contacting you to inquire into any new laws around licensing. I heard in November of 2005 that a new law was being implemented in January 2006. In this new law, statewide licensing would be made null and void by national licensing. Furthermore, well-seasoned MTs would be 'grandfathered in' by this law." She continued with, "I need to know EXACTLY what the truth is and any surrounding information to support me and my staff." I'm not sure where this information came from in November of 2005, but whoever was doing the talking was either uninformed or misunderstood. There are almost no national employment credentials, at least that I am aware of. Physicians, attorneys, bus drivers and licensed investigators are all credentialed by the state. As far as I know, only James Bond as 007 was licensed by a national entity. We at Massage Today try to diligently cover any and all state licensing news. Be sure to use the "search" function on www.massagetoday.com to see what has already been written on this topic.
Perhaps the most engaging communication I had this past month was from a New Hampshire massage therapist who wanted to recertify with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She told me that after completing the recertification application, she called the NCBTMB to verify certain information so that she wouldn't have to resend the application. After several such attempts without getting a return call, she finally sent the completed application to the assigned NCBTMB lockbox. When she didn't hear anything in what she felt was a reasonable amount of time, she called again, and again, and again. She kept getting told her application had not been received and that she needed to speak with a particular individual to resolve the issue. That individual was never in the office and never returned her calls.
This massage therapist was on the verge of tears as she relayed to me her at tempts to recertify. The only advice I was able to suggest was to put her situation in writing and send it directly to John Page, NCBTMB's executive director. She had already gone through more effort to recertify than I would ever have done myself. As a former chair of NCBTMB, it pains me to admit that, but it's very true. I happened to be in the company of another former NCBTMB chair when this story was unfolding, and when I asked him his thoughts on it, he relayed to me that NCBTMB had never even sent him recertifying applications and that his certification had lapsed before he was even aware of it. If a private organization designed to serve the public and the profession cannot efficiently recertify those who support it, the decay has reached overwhelming proportion.
Another reader chose to remain anonymous, so I have no clue where she is from. Normally, I just delete communications that aren't signed, but I read this one and had a chuckle or two at the well-meaning, albeit opinionated writer. (Opinions are my job, after all!) She wrote, "I have a question. I am strongly aware of a massage therapist who is operating a disreputable practice. To my surprise, I am shocked at how many people are okay with it. They think it is funny, especially guys. Or they think it is just rumors. I know they are not rumors. I know for sure. I know facts but I cannot prove them to anyone. This leaves people to check it out for themselves. Who do I tell? This is what I know. She has told me things herself."
She went on to itemize a laundry list of alleged violations and her reasons for why she thought them an affront to her and her business. They were all important to her, but I shall not repeat them here, as it serves no purpose. She continued, "See, I find this all completely unethical and so wrong. No one seems to care or listen or want to get involved. How does such a situation get fixed when people seem to not want to get involved? If I talk to men, they kind of laugh and make comments about happy endings, etc. I personally don't want my name mentioned to her if she gets reported, either, so I understand why others don't want to get involved; I don't want to either. But this has to stop."
My response to this person is that the only place to send complaint information is to your state licensing board. It is the only entity that can send a cease and desist letter and actually stop unethical practice. If you are unfortunate enough to be practicing in an unregulated state, your only recourse is with the local police department if there are local laws being broken. Do not try to send a complaint without identifying yourself, though. If you aren't signing the complaint, it isn't really a complaint; it's gossip.
So, how would you have responded to these questions?
Thanks for listening.
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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