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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Major Massage Associations Call for CA Legislators to Kill Bill
By Christie Bondurant
After months of discussions regarding the infamous "anti-prostitution" law, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), American Massage Therapy Association - California chapter (AMTA-CA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) have ended negotiations and have called for an end to Assembly Bill 1822.
The organizations blame the bill's author, State Assemblyman Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda) and the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) as having gone back on agreed upon commitments that were supposed to improve the bill for the massage community.
In a recent letter of opposition sent to California legislators, ABMP explains, "CAMTC and the major massage professional organizations worked with the author and sponsor of AB 1822 to transform it into a general clean-up bill, including further mutually agreed upon tightening of standards for owners of massage establishments."
"The sponsor backtracked last week on commitments accepted during a Senate BP&ED (Business, Professions and Economic Development) hearing, stripping out all the constructive clean-up language, leaving only provisions for two more CAMTC board seats for specified law enforcement organizations."
According to CAMTC executive director Ahmos Netanel, the turf bill, AB 1822, is merely a decoy to secure seats on the board by law enforcement, including the CPCA. "The CPCA has attempted to undermine the board by forcing a Trojan Horse into the board." The chief's association was the driving force behind the original, and highly controversial, version of the bill. (See Massage Today article.)
Netanel who has spent several months working with the CPCA believes the police organization is not looking out for the best interests of the massage community and instead is "dangerous to the board." "A hostile police organization will handicap our ability to protect the public," he said.
In a recent opposition letter sent to senators, CAMTC states: "After hours of negotiation, the language dismantling statewide certification has been discarded, but the bill still contains a requirement to seat the very law enforcement officials who just recently tried to do away with it."
According to the ABMP letter: "This bill would add a seat for a designated organization, the California Police Chiefs Association, that seeks to dramatically weaken CAMTC. California professions traditionally self-regulate. The imposition of law enforcement seats onto a health profession board would establish a dangerous precedent that could easily spread to boards regulating other professions. The responsibility of the CAMTC is to regulate the massage therapy profession, not act as vice cops - to aid law enforcement, not act as law enforcement."
Amanda Whitehead, AMTA-CA government relations chair, shared the same sentiment. "Appointing law enforcement personnel to a self-regulating board would be both unprecedented and unnecessary," said Whitehead. "The presence on the CAMTC board of representatives appointed by an organization that has proven to be openly hostile to CAMTC would be a huge step backwards for public protection and fair business regulation in California. For all these reasons, the AMTA-CA must oppose AB 1822."
Recently, Whitehead sent out a letter to AMTA-CA members requesting that members contact their state senators to vote no on AB 1822.
All three organizations believe the CAMTC is already effective enough in protecting the public by screening out applicants who do not intend to practice as legitimate massage therapy professionals.
ABMP explains: "The League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties already have CAMTC board seats; the League's initial appointee, a retired LA Vice officer provided instrumental help in developing astute CAMTC applicant screening procedures."
"The board is functioning very well, very effectively, and very balanced," said Netanel. "We're asking legislators to vote no on AB 1822."
The bill is currently in the State Senate, where it will be voted on in the next couple of weeks. According to Netanel, the deciding vote of the bill's fate will take place this month. "Should it pass the Senate Floor, it would then go back to the Assembly Floor for a concurrence vote. The 2009-10 Legislative Session adjourns on [Sept. 1] at midnight," said Netanel.
As this bill has potential to harm the massage community and is ineffective in protecting the public from illegal operators of massage businesses, Massage Today has created a "Vote NO on AB 1822" e-mail form that will be sent to all members of the California State Senate as well as the bill's author. Tell CA legislators to vote no on AB 1822 by clicking here: www.massagetoday.com/bill1822/stop_ab1822.php.
Editor's note: This article has been updated since its original post on Aug. 13.
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