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The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
We Get Letters and E-mail
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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