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An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Notable Stuff in the Massage World
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
This month I'm providing my take on some notable things that occurred in the massage world in the past few weeks: The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) hired a new executive director, the legislature in California decided to kill a bill to license massage, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) now has a personnel vacancy.
First, the FSMTB has taken several large steps to put itself on solid operational ground.After announcing recently a contract with Pearson VUE, one of the world's top organizations in professional and regulatory testing, the FSMTB solidified its position even further by hiring Debra Persinger, PhD, as executive director. Debra has enjoyed a long and fruitful history in examination development and also has much experience in the Asian bodywork therapy field. Born in New Zealand, she attended Kansas State University, earning a PhD in human services. Dr. Persinger joined the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 1996, as director of examination development. More recently, she served as the NCCAOM's executive director of operations and as interim chief executive officer. I hope to report on the FSMTB's annual meeting in a future issue of Massage Today.
Next, California massage therapists will continue to be regulated by a hodge-podge of confusing local ordinances instead of consistent statewide regulation for the foreseeable future. As has been reported in these pages for quite some time, the efforts to license massage therapy in California have been fraught with dissention for years. My personal experience is that state legislatures are not likely to take action on issues if it is apparent there is dissention in front of them. I find it amazing that it was not the dissention among massage therapists that seems to have killed the licensing bill in California, but an outside group entirely. For all the work, e-mail and letter-writing campaigns of the anti-licensing massage professionals, it apparently is the strong lobbying efforts of the California Chiropractic Association (CCA) that leaves many therapists still paying for multiple city licenses, and dealing with STD blood tests and finger printing designed to monitor adult businesses.
I have no idea why the CCA took the turf protection stance it did or, for that matter, why its voice was so loud in the California legislature, but I would guess its officers have a serious lack of professional esteem. They must not realize the synergy of their osseous adjustments with the soft-tissue manipulations of trained massage therapists. They must also feel their member chiropractors are not skilled enough, or their technique not efficacious enough, to compete on an equal footing with massage therapy. They probably forgot the not-so-distant past, when their own efforts to obtain professional regulation and recognition were beaten down by the medical profession, which called them quacks and worse. Instead of trying to help another manual therapy profession with its own efforts, the California chiropractors have chosen to emulate their own detractors. In contrast, the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) actually runs programs of continuing education for LMTs in Florida, and names a "Licensed Massage Therapist of the Year" at its annual convention. Go figure!
Finally, the most perplexing item I will talk about this month is the departure of John Page as executive director of the NCBTMB. On the job only 15 months, John was instrumental in implementing the change in the management company and a physical move from the NCBTMB's old McLean, Va., headquarters to its new location with hired staff in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. On Aug. 29, I received an e-mail communication from John that stated, in part, "Effective immediately I am no longer responsible for any actions of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc." On Aug. 30, Massage Today received an NCBTMB press release confirming John's e-mail, saying in part, "The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) wishes to inform you that effective close of business August 25th, John Page no longer serves as the organization's Executive Director."
A few things hit me about these communications. The no longer responsible for the actions of phrase indicates to me, rightly or wrongly, that an unfortunate breakdown in trust occurred over the 15 months. The NCBTMB rapidly began a search for a new executive director. John Page was one of the only NCBTMB staff members I had ever met who did not get overly defensive about the frequent complaints that the organization is unresponsive to the profession. He appeared to take the criticism for what it was and try to make changes to improve both communications and responsiveness. I hope he finds a new position that welcomes his skills. It's also my sincere hope that the NCBTMB finds an equally skilled executive director quickly. It's an organization with much positive impact on our profession and they, as well as we, deserve no less than competent leadership.
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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