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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
"Medical Massage" Survey and Results
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
In February 2006, a group called the National Training Institute, led by Damien Berg and Shannon Ring, invited a group of prominent people in the massage industry to join its online Yahoo Chat Group to participate in a "Medical Massage Summit" discussion.The purpose of this two-hour session was to try and obtain opinions, feelings, attitudes and suggestions about training, education, licensing, credentialing and philosophy statements on "medical massage."
Since that discussion, many of the correspondences I have received seem to revolve around medical massage terminology, including the need or lack thereof for a definition and other requirements related to this issue. So, I decided to include a mini-survey in my "Massage Insurance Updates, Tips & News" e-mail campaign and report on the results in Massage Today. Although this is not along the lines of my usual column topic, insurance issues, I'm sure you will find the survey results quite interesting, particularly considering the ongoing debate within the massage profession concerning medical massage.
My e-list has been compiled from those who purchased manuals, home study courses, attended my seminars, or contacted me for questions and problem-solving issues regarding insurance billing over the years. From the survey on medical massage, I have received 159 responses. I reviewed each at least two or three times and compiled the following summary. I also began a survey last year of faxed responses. Only comments from one of those faxes are included in these results.
Respondents were so interested in this subject that most did not answer only with a simple yes or no, but conveyed added emotions, opinions and suggestions. Below are the response totals for each question. Because many respondents did not answer with a definite yes or no, when possible, I have placed their response in the appropriate yes or no category, based on their comments.
Example: Question 1 may have had many "yes" answers, but many of the respondents' explanations actually meant "no." These people mostly responded that they didn't think any massage modality or procedure needed to be defined as "medical massage," because "all massage is medical, beneficial, creates healing, etc., whether covered by insurance and whether prescribed for a particular diagnosis by a physician."
Questions and Answers
Should any massage therapy be officially defined as "medical massage?"
Yes: 21; No: 129; Comments without a definite Y or N: 9.
If yes (to Question 1), please give your best or favorite definition and reason for wanting it defined.
For those who did answer yes to Question 1, their responses to Question 2 did not indicate the need for particular designation or requirements of "medical massage." They felt medical massage was already defined in one way or another. What follows is a summary of some of the comments regarding medical massage and how it should be "defined."
Summary of Responses to Question 2
Do you think a massage therapist should have to be officially certified or titled "medical massage therapist" for physicians to refer their patients or to be reimbursed by insurance?
Yes: 10; No: 128; Comments or No answer: 21.
The No responses to Question 3 were adamant and included, "No," "Not Ever," "No!!," "Hell no," "Absolutely not," "Absolutely no" and "Not now."
If yes to Question 3, how/by whom should this certification be provided (state boards, state associations, NCBTMB, other)?
If other, please name/explain.
Summary of Responses to Question 4
May I use your answers in my survey results?
One hundred percent said "Yes," although many asked that I not use their names. No names were used unless specifically requested or suggested, and even then, only some initials were used in my final summary on file.
No e-mail addresses were used.
All responses are saved for further proof if necessary.
I do appreciate all of those who took the time and effort to read and respond to my e-mail survey. For any of you who did not receive my e-mail survey and would like to contribute, you may e-mail me at: and submit answers to the five questions listed above.
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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