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President's Message February 2019
Written by Devin Pettiet, DC   
Friday, February 08, 2019 01:25 PM

The biggest day of the year for Texas chiropractors is right around the corner – TCA Legislative Day on Thursday, February 14. That’s correct, it’s Valentine’s Day and Cupid – that’s me – wants you to join your friends from TCA in Austin to “Show Your Love for Chiropractic!” 

As of this moment, more than 500 doctors, staff and supporters have signed up, not to mention several busloads of students and faculty from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College. A big thank you to Parker President Dr. Bill Morgan and TCC President Dr. Stephen Foster. You’ve galvanized your campuses and the excitement about TCA Legislative Day is incredible. 

In 2017, we shattered our record with 600+ participants – the largest turnout by any state, by far. Less than a week out, we could set a new one. We’re already well past 500 registrants. While our numbers are outstanding, we could use a few more doctors – particularly constituents in House and Senate districts from South Texas, West Texas and the Panhandle. We’re more likely to secure meetings with the actual legislator if a voter is in the room. Friday, February 8, is the deadline to register online for TCA Legislative Day, so don’t wait!

You’re probably wondering what happens at these meetings on TCA Legislative Day. Essentially, our job is to educate state officials about chiropractic – specifically your education, training and the benefits to your patients. We also are hoping to identify sponsors and supporters for pro-chiropractic bills that will create greater access to chiropractic care for all Texans.

Call for Nominations for P. A. Willmon Memorial Award
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:00 AM

The P. A. Willmon Memorial Award is an award presented by the Texas Chiropractic Association to recognize a recipient from, or serving the people of a rural area. 

If you are aware of a TCA member who is from a rural area of fewer than 100,000 or who has served the TCA and/or chiropractic patients within a rural area, please forward a nomination and your reasons for consideration to the TCA office at 1122 Colorado, suite 307, Austin, TX 78701.

Deadlines for nomination are January 17th, 2020.

What is Primary Care?
Written by Chris G Dalrymple, DC, FICC   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 06:16 PM

Primary care: “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.” 

Primary Care is a term often used, and often abused. The word primary is from Latin primarius “of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent”; care is from Old English indicating “burdens of mind; serious mental attention.”  The term primary care is thought to date back to about 1920, when the Dawson Report was released in the United Kingdom to indicate centers intended to become the hub of regionalized services in that country.

Positive evidence of the health-promoting influence of primary care has been accumulating ever since researchers have been able to distinguish primary care from other aspects of the health services delivery system; namely specialty care.

Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome?
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 01:15 PM

A prospective single blinded placebo controlled study was performed to assess the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) for the management of chronic nonspecific low back pain (LBP) and to determine the effectiveness of maintenance SMT in long-term reduction of pain and disability levels associated with chronic low back conditions after an initial phase of treatments.  It concluded that SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance SM after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.

ALJ Pokes Hole In ‘Dry Needling’ Rule
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 01:05 PM

Florida physical therapists cannot offer “dry needling” procedures to their patients, a state judge ruled in a legal challenge filed by a group representing acupuncturists. 

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued an order rejecting a proposed rule by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy that set minimum standards for physical therapists to use dry needling. The ALJ said the proposal exceeded the Board of Physical Therapy’s “grant of rulemaking authority because it would expand the scope of physical therapy practice, not merely establish a standard of practice.”

Dry needling is the name physical therapists use to describe a technique of inserting filiform needles into the skin at various “trigger points,” which causes certain responses. Filiform needles --- which are used for acupuncture --- are solid. They cannot be used to inject substances or medicine, hence the word “dry.”

Physical therapists in more than 30 states practice dry needling, but it is not authorized by law in Florida.

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