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Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
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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:
Success with the IRS
Your article on the IRS regarding independent contractors or employee has shed some new light on the same problem I am having at the office where I practice massage. There are seven massage rooms and each one of us is practicing as an individual contractor. Several of the guidelines that you point out are what we follow, but there are still unanswered questions as to whether we can continue as individual contractors. The owner recently purchased the clinic from a previous owner (who operated it the same way she is doing). I guess we're all trying to figure out how to do this right.
Example: I've been there for 5 yrs. I have MY own room which contains all of MY furnishings (table, sheets, oils, CD, stereo, hot stones, etc.) All decorations are MINE. I do MY own laundry. I do all MY own insurance billings and payments are issued in MY name. I collect all payments for cash clients (except for credit card payments which are through the owner and she reimburses me). I pay $8 per 1/2 hr.; $17.50 per 1 hr.; and $25.50 per 1 1/2 hr.; which I pay each week according to how many hours I worked.
I pay the hourly rent for the insurance clients when I receive payment from the insurance company.
Her receptionist schedules the appointments (according to MY time available) and I have some of my own that I schedule. This is how the whole clinic is run and everyone working there is doing all of the above that I mentioned. The clinic is an Inc. and I recently made myself an Inc., too.
In your article, you also mentioned The Licensee System which utilizes an outside company as a middleman between therapists and their clients. Is there any information on this? I would appreciate any further information you could help us with.
Responses to "Put Your Hands on Your Monitor, Part One"
Editor's Note: The following is from Ralph Stephens regarding his column in the May 2006 issue of Massage Today, "Put Your Hands on Your Monitor, Part One," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2006/05/10.html
Thank you for writing and expressing your concerns regarding my column in Massage Today. I appreciate you sharing your concerns. I am so sorry we have such a misunderstanding. I am writing to help you understand what you mistakenly believe to be my "very biased and distorted opinions."
Please pay very close attention. I am NOT attacking the disabled or the ADA. You are making some extremely invalid assumptions about me and about my intentions and generalizing them onto Massage Today. Further, I am not demeaning this nation's educators. If you read the article carefully, you will clearly see I commended and exempted the good ones. You will also see that it was politicians and bureaucrats I dismissed as corrupt.
It was never in my mind to equate the disabled with alcoholism or drug abuse. I am sad and hurt that you have made that assumption. When I wrote that sentence, I truly thought the commas separated each group. The groups listed came from documents circulating from CCA schools about planned strategies to eliminate the classroom-hours requirement in massage education. I found their strategy to be quite offensive as well as an abusive, exploitive, self-serving, and inappropriate use of the ADA.
Obviously, from your reaction, my wording was not clear. After considering the sentence in light of your letter, I can see how it could be taken wrong and how it could be offensive. It should have been two separate sentences to avoid any potential confusion on such a sensitive and important issue.
I am sincerely sorry if I have offended you or any other handicapped or disabled individual. Please accept this apology. It is heart felt and sincere.
I assure you I am not the reason the ADA and the IDEA had to be written, nor is Massage Today. I do believe in the rule of law. I believe the classroom-hours standard is currently the law in effect in most licensed states.
Massage schools must already meet the ADA and if this was just about the disabled, I would join you and champion the idea of an exemption for the disabled from the classroom-hours requirement for many lecture courses. I suspect the ADA already provides that exemption by its very nature. What is being asked for is the elimination of all classroom-hour requirements for all students. This is not for the good of the students or the profession. It is the coldly calculated exploitation of the handicapped, using the ADA selfishly for the economic good of schools. This is what you should be appalled over, not one poorly constructed sentence in my column.
I am well aware of the ADA and I think it covers special needs massage students right now and probably overrides the classroom standard, but only for those special needs students. I am hearing impaired and am familiar with impaired technologies. I went to massage school with a sightless therapist (pre-ADA). I have supported over a dozen handicapped therapists in my continuing education seminars. I worked the International Disabled Skiing Championships. I am not insensitive to the handicapped. That is why I am appalled at the shameless abuse of the ADA by career colleges to eliminate classroom hours for non-special needs students. There are many other legitimate ways for career colleges to change educational standards without misusing the ADA. Such misuse of a wonderful program like the ADA potentially creates resentment toward the handicapped and backlash against the ADA and programs like it, thus marginalizing them in the public opinion.
Again, I assure you that I support your efforts to guarantee special needs students access to whatever learning technologies are needed to support their educational needs. In no way am I challenging this access. I support this access and will proudly help you defend it, especially if you ever find it in jeopardy in the massage profession.
By the way, it is fine that you disagree with me. It is through debate and discussion of differing opinions that we all learn and grow.
So, call off your e-mail and letter campaign, as what you are doing is just as offensive and detrimental to Massage Today and me as what you perceived I did to disabled people, actually worse.
I would very much like to talk to you about this misunderstanding. I look forward to speaking with you so we can clear up these misunderstandings and hopefully work together to help the disabled who desire to access the wonderful opportunities of the massage profession.
Ralph R. Stephens
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