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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
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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