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Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Certification in California
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Editor's note: On Sept. 27, 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed California Senate Bill 731 into law. While the legislation does not mandate licensure or explicitly define scope of practice, it establishes a two-tiered voluntary certification process and a nonprofit Massage Therapy Organization that will oversee certification.Individuals certified by the organization will be exempt from local (city) massage practice acts, while those not opting for certification will remain under local oversight and will no longer be able to use the title "certified massage therapist," "certified massage practitioner," or any other term/title that suggests certification. Dixie Wall, California therapist and contributing editor to MT, explains why this legislation is so important to the California massage profession in the following article.
The passing of this massage bill was a long-anticipated step for most California massage therapists, who have been burdened by local ordinances and regulatory agencies in each city in which they have chosen to work. Why am I so exhilarated? Certification will not only convey professionalism as health care practitioners, but will also establish a uniform standard for our profession here in California. It will reduce complications that continue to frustrate therapists within the state by establishing a portable, single, statewide standard.
While some remain opposed to this idea, recent surveys conducted by AMTA-CA (the bill's sponsor) and ABMP have shown a majority are in favor of statewide regulation. Beverly May, AMTA-CA government relation co-chair, explains: "Both AMTA-CA and ABMP were in agreement regarding provisions such as full grandfathering and preemption of local ordinances. Those who prefer to work under their local massage ordinances, or in areas having none, can continue to do so as long as those local jurisdictions don't require the new state [regulation] for practice."
May continued, "We began with a fairly broad principle: If there is going to be regulation, one state regulation is preferable to multiple and vastly differing vice ordinances. It has been our experience after at least three decades of working on repeal or reform of local ordinances that very little progress is possible at that level."
In the past few years, great legislative progress has been made by Senate Bill 412, as well as the current bill. S.B.412 concluded long battles over education requirements and settled the language disputes with the California Chiropractic Association. Shortly thereafter, S.B.731 moved quickly, including passage through two of the required Senate policy committees before passing the full state Senate.
Unfortunately, S.B.731 stalled in Assembly Appropriations during the first year of its two-year session. The bill was then amended to remove the requirement for a written report. Due to several political issues, bundles of bills, including S.B.731, were put into a "suspense file" at the last hearing in August 2007. The explanation for that decision was fear of further offsetting the new California state budget because of the cost of the bill. Ironically, the implementation of S.B.731 will instead generate money for the state in the long run.
However, the bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly in August 2008. It then sat on Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk, among hundreds of other bills awaiting his signature or veto. The accumulation occurred during California's delay in passing the budget, and Schwarzenegger's promise not to sign any bills until the budget had been passed. The governor set an all-time record with the tardiest budget in California history. However, slow as this bill was to come, we were fortunate to receive the governor's signature. By Sept. 27, he had set another record by vetoing the largest amount of bills of any other governor in four decades.
The bottom line is that finally we will be regulated by experts of massage and bodywork regulation, rather than local police departments. And instead of our annual visit to the department vice squad, we will renew every two years by mail. The first certificates will be issued as early as September 2009. The education requirements vary according to the two-tier system and include several other factors with grandfathering clauses: You must be 18 years or older, have fingerprints taken, a background check, and pay a fee.
The next step, according to May, is "finding funds and creating a massage therapy organization board." This board will include, among others, representatives of the League of California Cities, the California Association of Private and Post-Secondary Schools, and the California State Association of Counties. May explains, "Our Board will consist of representatives and trusted experts that will regulate [certificants] and act as advocates for our profession."
S.B.731 establishes an efficient and practical way of regulation while adding professional recognition similar to other forms of alternative health care modalities. After years of tribulation, California massage practitioners will now be united and be able to take a crucial step forward.
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