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Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Chiropractic: The Right Choice for Relieving LBP
"Low back pain (LBP) is a common threat to medicine and a reasonable threat to all national health care systems. ... Reducing ineffective treatments is necessary to decrease the LBP associated costs."
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Have a Heart: Say No to Soda
It's not enough that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to cavities and weight gain, among other negative health consequences.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
SOAP Notes: It's Time for a Cleaning
I have been planning for some time to write an article about how traditional SOAP notes do not fit chiropractic practice, and the unfairness of holding DCs to a model clearly created for and primarily applicable to medical physicians.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
Legislative Alerts in New Mexico and Arkansas
Bills Target State Boards
By Christie Bondurant
Pending legislation in Arkansas and New Mexico threatens the authority of state boards currently charged with oversight of massage therapy regulation in those two states. While the bills differ in substance, both are considered serious threats to the existing bodies that regulate the practice of massage including: the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board. Both the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have put the bills on the massage community's radar.
Arkansas: House Bill 1162
Arkansas House Bill 1162 is of particular concern as it calls for the transfer of authority now assigned to the massage therapy board to the Arkansas Board of Health. HB 1162 is "an act to abolish the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and to transfer all duties to the Department of Health; and for other purposes" effective July 1, 2009. Introduced on Jan. 22, 2009 by Rep. Beverly Pyle (R), the bill has passed first and second reading and was referred to the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. The legislative intent of the bill is stipulated in Section 1: "Improve the health of the citizens of Arkansas in an effective and efficient manner; and provide effective administration of the delivery of massage-related programs. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide an orderly transfer of powers, authorities, duties, and functions of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy to the State Board of Health and the Department of Health with a minimum disruption of government services and functions and with a minimum expense."
Dena Tabor, executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy, confirmed that the state board is opposed to the bill and said that there was no warning prior to the introduction of the legislation that the state had any issues with the board's competancy or efficiency. In an interview, Tabor said that Rep. Pyle has offered no factual basis as to why this law was introduced.
The bill also includes language to amend the Arkansas Massage Therapy Practice Act and replaces the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy with the State Board of Health and The Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of 7 members appointed by the State Board of Health (not the Governor).
As of press time, the office of Rep. Pyle did not respond to inquiry from Massage Today. The bill is still in review. To read the bill in its entirety: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.
New Mexico: House Bill 664
In New Mexico, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, passed for the protection of the public regarding regulation and rules of practice, has been administered successfully by the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board for more than 15 years. But House Bill 664 threatens the current oversight of the board by implementating the "Unlicensed Health Care Practice Act," which moves "bodywork, massage and therapy," into an unlicensed category called "complementary and alternative health care services." To view the entire bill visit: www.nmlegis.gov.
This bill, introduced by Rep. Ken Martinez, came with heavy opposition including a legislative alert put out to the massage community by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and responses from the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
In a letter addressing Rep. Martinez, Bill Brown, AMTA government and industry relations director, states the serious implications this bill would bring to the profession. "The inclusion of this language will circumvent the Massage Therapy Practice Act and promote the unlicensed practice of massage therapy. This, in turn, will significantly lower the professional standards of education, professional conduct and ethics and provided penalty to licensees in violation of these standards."
According to Peter Lane of the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy, the sponsors have backed off of the specific language that would include "bodywork, massage and therapy" under an unlicensed category after reminder of the thousands of massage therapists, and registered voters, who would be disappointed if a bill with this language passed.
Lane encourages therapists in every state to voice their concerns to their representatives in regards to legislation, and speculates that language like this can "spread like a bad disease," if not remedied immediately.
Just as the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy has taken action, the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy has opposed HB 1162, and contacted Rep. Pyle for a meeting to discuss the details and reasoning behind this bill, according to Tabor. As of press time, Tabor has not heard back from Rep. Pyle. Susie Byrd, president of the Arkansas massage board, asks massage therapists to contact their representatives to oppose HB 1162.
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