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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
2011 Heroes of the Profession
They Led The Way In Push For Anti-Human Trafficking Law
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Massage Today is pleased to announce that the board members of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), California State Senator Lou Correa and Orange County California District Attorney Tony Rackauckas are the winners of the 2011 Heros of the Profession award.As a collective group, these individuals worked tirelessly to pass California Senate Bill 285, the anti-human trafficking legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to sell phony massage school transcripts.
The process began when the CAMTC discovered patterns in which certain "schools" seemed to have large numbers of graduating students with prostitution arrest records. The CAMTC brought in an undercover investigator who discovered that these "graduates," mostly women of South Asian and South American descent, were part of a vast network of human traffickers profiting from prostitution.
The investigation proved that criminals were selling and distributing fake massage school transcripts in order to obtain work permits for prostitutes. Amazingly, prior to the investigation by the CAMTC, it was legal to sell a fake transcript in the state. Transcripts, along with criminal history records, are key credentials in the state's massage therapist certification system that allows therapists to practice legally.
The undercover investigator found that human traffickers were selling phony massage school transcripts so prostitutes could pose as legitimate therapists and work or operate massage parlors that are nothing more than fronts. The investigator told Massage Today that these suspected bogus "schools" were targeted based on tips, police information and analysis of data collected by the CAMTC.
"Police departments who work with us, gave us every prostitution arrest along with the name of the schools they claimed they had gone to," said the investigator. Information was also obtained from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, as well as states like Texas that maintain close records of prostitution arrests.
With the support of the CAMTC and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Senator Lou Correa introduced SB 285 to make providing fraudulent transcripts a misdemeanor subject to specific penalties. The CAMTC is now refusing to accept transcripts from schools identified in the investigation as nothing more than diploma mills. A list of suspect schools can be found on the CAMTC website, www.camtc.org.
"Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world," said Sen. Correa. "The new law will reduce the ease with which human traffickers operate in the State of California."
This law gives, "law enforcement the tools to go after human trafficking at its inception," said District Attorney Rackauckas.
Senate Bill 285 states: "A person who provides a certificate, transcript, diploma or other document, or otherwise affirms that a person has received instruction in massage therapy knowing that the person has not received instruction in massage therapy or knowing that the person has not received massage therapy instruction consistent with that document or affirmation is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) per violation, or imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment 628.5. For any person that is criminally prosecuted for a violation of law in connection with massage therapy, including for crimes relating to prostitution, the arresting law enforcement agency may provide to the California Massage Therapy Council, created pursuant to Section 4600.5 of the Business and Professions Code, information concerning the massage therapy instruction received by the person prosecuted, including the name of the school attended, if any."
"The CAMTC Board is honored to receive this award from Massage Today," said CAMTC Board Member, Dixie Wall. "The passage of SB 285 allows us to continue to fight human trafficking and helps us in furthering our mission of protecting the public. We would also like to thank Sen. Correa and District Attorney Rackauckas for all of their help and support in getting this bill introduced, passed and signed by Governor Brown."
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on August 1, 2011, following unanimous passage by the State Senate and the Assembly. The law takes effect on January 1, 2012.
For their tireless efforts in pursuing the demise of the dangerous and destructive human trafficking industry, for protecting the public and the profession of legitimate massage therapists in the State of California, Massage Today is proud to award the CAMTC Board, Senator Lou Correa and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas the 2011 Massage Today Heros of the Profession Award.
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