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Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
July, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 07
Stop the Music
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Many well meaning, concerned people are watching our profession decay from within and are sincerely trying to do something about it. I appreciate that. However, PLEASE STOP with the more hours legislation.STOP with all legislation efforts for just a moment. Unfortunately, this column will probably not get published in time for this year's legislative season. Most state legislatures adjourn for the summer, but they'll be back, so let me explain my plea.
Our problem is not our quantity of entry-level hours. It is the quality of those hours; 600, 650, 680, 750 or 900 poorly taught hours will not make a better entry level therapist than 500 poorly taught hours, and might actually make a worse one. The longer an impressionable student is exposed to ineptness and incompetence, the less chance they probably have of rising above it. There is no verifiable basis for these numbers except for schools to get more Title IV finding. Always follow the money trail. Neither students nor the public are being protected or served by these random hour efforts.
One of the biggest complaints therapists have is lack of portability from one state to another. This is a real problem due to the total mish-mash of licensing laws successfully lobbied for by AMTA with no plan, rhyme or reason to them other than to get something, anything passed. While done with good intentions, the lack of a strong piece of model legislation and guidance from national, coupled with inexperience in legislative processes and statute language by local volunteers, has resulted in too many laws that inhibit the profession instead of enhancing it. AMTA says it supports portability, yet it has made it almost impossible. Passing more arbitrary hours standards and creating more fiefdoms of unique hours and requirements is just making a bigger mess than we already have. STOP IT! You've made a big enough mess that is going to be very difficult to fix as it is. Sit down, back off and let the pros take this over. You mean well, but you know not what you are doing.
The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards is currently working on a piece of model legislation to improve the profession and bring about a well thought-out law that all states can work toward, to bring about portability and standardization of our profession's licensure laws. PLEASE stand down and allow them the time and space to get this document created. Then use your energy, enthusiasm and resources to support them in getting it universally passed and implemented. The result will be a much more beneficial, enabling system of regulation that will actually benefit individual therapists, particularly with scope of practice and portability.
It Can Happen Here, Probably Will
People have lost access to hundreds of over the counter herbal medicines in Jolly 'Ole England recently as European regulations came into force. Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for "mild" illness such as echinacea for colds and St John's Wort for depression have been banned in the European Union.
For the first time, traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner. The British Government, "wanted to ensure continuing access to unlicensed herbal medicines via a statutory register for practitioners to meet individual patient needs."
However, most remedies were lost as it was only open to those who could afford the licensing process, which costs between #80,000 to #120,000. At least 50 herbs, including horny goat weed (so-called natural Viagra), hawthorn berry, used for angina pain, and wild yam will no longer be allowed to be stocked in health food shops, says the British Herbal Medicine Association.
The United States has signed on to this agreement. It will happen here soon if something is not done. Still think the allopaths support alternatives? We are small potatoes compared to the loss of business herbs and supplements cost them. The medical-pharmaceutical cartel does not make any money off of healthy people. If wellness broke-out it would be an economic disaster. The goal is to keep people ignorant, confused and sick thus dependent on the medical-pharmaceutical-government cartel. Our societal ethic condones justifying human suffering in the name of profit. This must change for us to evolve. The cartel is swatting the biggest losses to their revenue first. They will come after us with the same vengeance eventually. We will either be co-opted by losing our scope through restrictive legislation, as is already happening (P.T's are currently carrying the water on this), or placed under gatekeeper control. If all you do is general, non-specific relaxation massage you probably have nothing to worry about. Just because I am paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me.
A further example of government healthcare in action happened recently, when the Detroit Police Department, at the command of Child Protective Services, unlawfully kicked down the door of a woman's home and kidnapped her 13-year-old child. Her crime? She chose to follow a doctor's recommendation to take her daughter off a pharmaceutical drug treatment prescribed for psychosis that was worsening the child's symptoms, and instead chose to use natural remedies to treat the condition. The child's condition began days after forced vaccinations. The drugs to treat the post-vaccination "psychosis" made the child's condition worse. Stop the drugs, lose your child and go to jail. Still think the United States and our healthcare system have some soft spot for alternative methods? When we impact drug sales, lookout. This impacts women the hardest. The profession of massage/bodywork is 80 percent women. What are you doing about this? This is part of the ongoing encroachment by government agencies on the freedom of choice in healthcare. The survival of the therapeutic (clinical) side of our profession is dependent upon people having the freedom to choose their provider and methods of healthcare. Once lost, it will be very difficult to get it back. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
On A Positive Note: How To Earn More
A great business lesson is this: Generalists get paid, specialist get wealthy. The more specific and precise you work, the better your chances of a successful practice. Invest in continuing education courses that train you to predictably and consistently help people get out of pain and your practice will get busier. I have many testimonials from my students that verify this statement.
Best wishes for a great summer. Hope to see you at a seminar somewhere or back here this fall. Be well!
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