It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
More Access to Chiropractic Instead of Opioids: H.R. 5722
With the opioid epidemic both an ongoing public health crisis and a hot topic extending well beyond the health care industry, Congress continues stepping up to the plate.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
May 17, 2010
Massive Protest Against CA Law That Targets Massage Practitioners
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
More than 1,000 massage professionals have fired off protest letters against a proposed California anti-prostitution law that effectively returns the state to a widely criticized old system that puts primary authority for issuing practitioner work permits in the hands of local police departments.
The unprecedented outpouring was directed at state assemblymembers who are about to hold hearings on Assembly Bill 1822. The bill essentially neuters a two-year-old massage certification law that placed certification in the hands of a state board, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).
The bill goes goes before the state Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 19.
Many of these letters were sent to members of the Appropriations Committee from an email form on Massage Today. The form was posted Monday morning and almost instantly sparked a massive response.
(Ed. Note: Go here for more information and a complete history of Massage Today's coverage of this bill. )
Here is a sampling of letters from the community:
From Michael Roberson
Chairman and Committee Members
Please, OPPOSE AB1822. This bill would have us go back to a system that did not work. The exaggerated context of including human trafficking with massage therapy is just that, exaggerated. Nor does this bill do anything that will stop prostitution, nothing has to this point. Having a bill, a law, that is trying to regulate prostitution or human trafficking, has no part tying into the profession of massage therapy.
When SB731 was passed, it created the not-for-profit organization the California Massage Therapy Committee (CAMTC), which has demonstrated, even with the overwhelming influx of applications, to have all of them completed to date, answered, and justly determined if the applicant should be certified or not. The stringent background check, not only covers a national criminal background check, but also the applicant's education, and professional standing. These are items that the local police and law enforcement are not able to do. Please allow the CAMTC do the job it was created to do, and more importantly, doing very, very well.
From Anthony Arr
The CAMTC is already doing a great job and this would put things back to the way they were before the statewide system. In the old system it was much easier for prostitution to get through local security checks. The CAMTC has helped to curb this problem significantly. On top of that, we now have one set of standards to adhere to instead of ones for each city that we wish to work in. This makes things less complicated and more streamlined for the entire industry in California. Please vote NO on AB 1822.
From Melody Louann Hall
PLEASE vote NO on AB 1822. This bill would be very ineffective and very difficult and costly to implement, as well as making the process of getting licensed more arduous than ever. It is another inefficient bureaucratic effort to stop prostitution and human trafficking. Although I would love a solution to this problem, this is NOT a viable solution!
My wife and I are professional massage therapists with years of training and experience. If someone wants to find something other than professional massage they will despite any attempts to alter the current law. The current law is effective, efficient, cost and time effective - for both the state AND the therapists. The old law is not a solution. As stated in the evidence, the new law has prevented more unprofessional massage therapists from getting a license than the previous law. Perhaps changing the law puts more money into the cities, but at the expense of the professional massage therapist, an industry already with challenges financially, as many services industry of today are struggling with.
From Perry Harward
I would hate to work in county where this law would be in place. It would make it more difficult to work in California.
Currently, each school does a background check on each student applying to college. They also check a number of references. Each college looks over each student in each and every class and sees how well they do in an intense 6 months-to-a-year course of study. Usually that will be enough to weed out those that are in it for illegal purposes. To get a state license I have to pass a standardized test, which is not easy I might add. Then the state board has a separate background check with professional references. Then you pay your fees and wait for the license. If there is any misconduct, massage clients know they can contact the state board.
IF this law passes, it will mean that a massage therapist that has 2 part time jobs will have to go to 2 different police districts to get the appropriate permits to work. It is almost as if a legitimate massage therapist is treated like a guilty criminal even before they get their job. No other job has this kind of scrutiny.
Please vote no on AB 1822. Let police handle the prostitution, but don't treat legitimate massage therapists as criminals.
From Steven Bunis
Please vote NO on AB 1822.
It will also be a severe burden on those therapists who live and work near multiple municipalities. In my case I would have to buy three different permits to work in my area (North County - San Diego). This is an unnecessary (and large) financial burden as well as an unnecessary duplication of work by the respective police departments.
From Patrick Wilson
Please vote NO on AB 1822. It is unnecessary and will do nothing to stop prostitution and human trafficking that is not already being accomplished by the CAMTC. This will however force me to get 5 different city licenses at an average of $150/ city so that I can practice massage in my local area.
From Terry J Solomon
We have worked for years to get state licensing and get away from the inconsistent regulations imposed by the cities. If you work in several cities this can cost thousands of dollars. We finally get a licensing that is fair and then you want to take it away. Therapists will go back underground, take their payments in cash, and there will be no tax revenue to the state.
From Susan B Blumin, LMT, BCSI, NCTMB
Please allow CA massage therapists to be tested, screened and certified by their state peer board, vote NO on AB1822. It is not necessary and will not stop prostitution or human trafficking. Police departments don't have a clue as to whether a massage therapist is qualified or not, legitimate or not.
Those that practice prostitution will continue to do so. CA needs to follow in the footsteps of the states that have been successful in certifying and licensing their massage therapists. Please take a step forward, not backwards.
From Kathryn Stewart
Regulation by local law enforcement instead of a centralized location allows prostitutes and fraudulent therapist to pack up and move to another jurisdiction if they get in trouble.
This is a GIANT step backward from the regulation that was developed in California a year ago.
From Greg Doss, LMT
Please vote NO on AB 1822. As a licensed massage therapist for ten years, having lived and worked in several states including California, I have experienced many different types of licensing policies, from local to state and national certification.
Local enforcement does absolutely nothing to prevent prostitution and trafficking. If anything, it allows criminals to find areas of lax enforcement to continue their activities. The CAMTC can prove their background checks are better at weeding out undesirable elements. California needs a state certification just like so many other states. Please vote NO on AB 1822. Thank you,
From Pamela Grant-Klarer
Please, NO on AB 1822. The damage to the reputations of thousands of qualified, trained massage therapists caused by the demeaning requirement of registering next to sex offenders and adult entertainers (in paperwork which I've had to cross out what my "stage name" is) is not only embarrassing but inappropriate, dilutes the profession and should be stopped. NO NO NO on AB 1822.
From Patricia Wingo
I vehemently oppose and vote "NO" on "AB 1822" as passing it will set the massage therapy profession back many years and cost massage therapists way too much money per city they work in per year as well as involving the police dept.
Honorable massage therapists are protected and regulated against the unscrupulous activities of the prostitution world via certification by the NCBTMB and the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) as well as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). The CAMTC's job is to do everything possible to stop prostitution and human trafficking. We do not need AB 1822. VOTE "NO" ON "AB 1822).
From Ken Engebretson
Please vote NO on AB 1822!!!! As a nationally certified massage therapist, licensed to practice in Virginia, I am convinced that California will be able to see that AB 1822 is going to hurt the profession and not help those victimized by the criminal element that was fostered in great part by California's local licensing requirement.
From Beth Granado
Please vote "No" on AB 1822. Requiring that individual cities &/or counties manage the eligibility of a massage therapist to practice in their area allows for inconsistencies in quality across city/county boarders. It potentially prohibits employment for therapists due to licensing borders, costs, procedures and waiting periods.
Utilizing an industry-specific governing board brings credibility to the profession. Said board has working knowledge of specific ethical & practical requirements and issues, and therefore enables consistently competent, ethical and knowledgeable therapists to be productive business partners with the communities in which they work. This board also minimizes the cost the individual municipalities would incur to employ oversight of therapists at their own expense.
From Cassandra Anderson
Please vote NO on AB 1822. The CAMTC is conducting more thorough background checks and rejecting applications that were previously approved by the city/county agencies.
The CAMTC was formed to protect legitimate massage professionals from those who try to use the industry for ulterior motives and, I believe, has effectively reduced human trafficking and prostitution. By having the state regulations, licensing is consistent throughout the state with strict requirements, whereas some cities may have very low or no standards to obtain a massage therapist license as long as a fee is paid.
From Katrina Troolines
I urge you to vote NO on AB 1822. Not only is this a duplication of the services that CAMTC already provides California's citizens, and hence a waste of our taxes and human resources, but this bill also rolls back the treatment of these health care professionals to a state of presumed guilt of lawlessness.
A vote for AB 1822 is a step backwards and would demonstrate one's inability and/or willingness to evolve with their own constituent's wishes. Massage and bodywork therapies are one of the largest growth health care services recommended by doctors and sought by California's citizens.
From Sharon Baker
Please vote no on AB 1822. Statewide certification allows many more checks and balances to provide safety for clients and for legitimate massage practitioners. It is very effective in the states that do this, and CA is just starting to implement it - give it a chance! Considering returning to the archaic method of treating an entire legitimate profession as suspects in the sex trade makes CA appear incredibly ignorant of the normalcy and respectability of massage therapy practices all over the world.
From Dylan Mariah, RN, LMHC
I am a registered nurse, licensed mental health counselor who used to be a licensed professional massage therapist and I am appalled by what I have read of this new proposed legislation.
It will not enhance any public protections, will not enhance the quality of therapeutic massage available and will not stop prostitution. Further, there is absolutely no benefit to making a misleading link between licensed professional therapeutic massage and prostitution.
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