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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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Accountability to the Profession
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Ethics are dictating principles that reflect one's moral values. These values arise from an innate sense of right and wrong. Practicing according to this intuitive sense brings integrity to our personal and professional lives.The same ethical policies pave the road to success for the massage profession. How we conduct ourselves as therapists directly impacts the progress and reputation of the massage and bodywork profession as a whole.
This discussion includes internal accountability (integrity and honesty in practice) and external accountability (advancing the profession as a whole). Use the following to guide you in your practice:
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy. Currently, 37 states have passed laws to standardize the massage profession, each establishing a unique set of rules to regulate the profession by licensure, certification or registration. As professionals, we must know and respect the laws and regulations in our jurisdiction and be honest in all applications. In establishing a standard protocol to practice, the reputation of massage therapy will be amplified.
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy.
Uniform laws and regulations have set a standard of care that the public can trust. By working with our legislators, we change and utilize these laws to promote bodywork within our communities. Staying informed on the progression of laws and regulations in our jurisdiction is vital. We must stay active in the political processes that dictate the guidelines shaping our procedures and the quality of our care.
By participating in the development of these laws, we gain not only the respect of the public and the government but the respect of other health care professionals, as well. This respect builds a convenient way for doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors to refer their patients to us with confidence. Creditability and trust between massage practitioners and other health care professionals is strengthened with a state-regulated license.
Along with a formal license or statewide certification, joining a professional association and being nationally certified leads to further accreditation as therapists. Regular meetings and participation in seminars and conventions is a great way to stay updated with colleagues and exchange ideas or concerns with other practitioners. Frequent communication of personal successes and failures among associates will continue the advancement of the massage profession.
Furthermore, we communicate professionally through our image. This includes several things in practice such as the way we dress, our attitude and our body language. The way we dress is a powerful, non verbal communicator. A cotton, collared shirt and long shorts or pants seem to work best to move freely and stay cool. A uniform dress code or color for your business also is helpful to identify yourself and portray a sense of respect for one's client and business.
Along with a dress code, a routine process in practice is important. Following a routine can produce the mental conditioning for a comfortable transition into receiving bodywork for the client. Greeting clients in the office and on the phone with politeness and honest concern is always best. Creating a specific tradition in the procedures of treatment promotes a confidence in our abilities and an assurance in our instructions. After all, most successful health care professions follow routine procedures within their area of expertise.
Massage and bodywork therapy has become a respected leader in alternative health care and continues to gain popularity in the public eye. Staying within the scope of practice and not performing any procedures outside our area of proficiency also is crucial to our reputation as professionals. We must never make false promises to our clients about treatment results or products and referrals that will not help them. We must continue to make the right ethical choices to succeed individually and for the profession to prosper as a whole.
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