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JULY | AUGUST 2016

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READER FORUM C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 13 EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO EDITOR@ABMP.COM. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND THE CITY AND STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY. SCOPE OF PRACTICE Leslie Young's Editor's Note [Massage & Bodywork, May/June 2016, page 8] made me grateful that scope of practice was strongly emphasized during my early training. One of my teachers told our class about a mistake she made— one that came out of her sincere desire to help—that sent her client to the ER. That story has never left me. When we refuse to consider the harm we might do, even with "gentle" modalities, we do our clients and our profession a disservice. I believe we would benefi t from our own type of M&M conference (mortality and morbidity), in which physicians meet with their peers to discuss their failures and how they may have been avoided or remedied. We serve our profession well when we share our failures and our missteps. We all make them, and we can all learn from them. Every therapy has its contraindications and cautions. Every therapist has the potential to injure someone. Remaining within our scope of practice helps keep us, and our clients, safe. ROBYN SCHERR LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA LIFELONG LEARNING I just read Anne Williams's article on lifelong learning ["8 Ideas for Lifelong Learning," Massage & Bodywork May/ June 2016, page 36], and I use several of the inspirations she recommended. I have found apps like Skillshare and Curious to be great resources for lifelong learners, as well as Coursera. Thank you for providing something different and interesting in Massage & Bodywork! LAURA MOSCATELLO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA FROM FACEBOOK MULTIFACETED WORK I recently read the article "Worrying About Worrying: Massage Therapy and Anxiety Disorders" in the March/April 2016 Massage & Bodywork [page 40]. I have to say that psychological health and touch therapies is a topic that seems so simple to understand, yet eludes many. While completing my undergraduate degree, most of the research available linking massage to psychology dealt with infant massage for premature birth. Not much else was available. I look forward to seeing that change. This question was raised: "Are massage therapists mental health-care providers?" As touch therapists, we are very much holistic health-care providers, merging many disciplines within our scope of practice. JOSE M. OROZCO APPLAUSE FOR HAND HEALTH I was very glad to read the column "Hand Health: Gloves, Hygiene, and Microbiota," in the May/June 2016 issue [page 40]. This topic is something our industry needs to pay special attention to at this time. Of course, absolutely all of my instructors modeled handwashing before and afterward, and I always used an alcohol-based sanitizer when doing therapeutic chair massages before and afterward, with a spray for the equipment between clients. The diffi cult situations that we still have to seek solutions to are issues that nail techs are acutely aware of: how to protect against fungal infections from clients and whether wearing gloves ruins the experience. I would suggest pro and con arguments for wearing gloves and a follow-up article on fungal infections, clients being required to sign off on whether they took a shower on the client intake form, and the smelly brevi/cornebacterium "problem." MICHAEL DUBENSKY CHICAGO, ILLINOIS NICE CATCH! On page 98, in the article on Cubital Tunnel Syndrome [Massage & Bodywork, May/June 2016], Image 2 is an image of the posterior view of the right elbow, not the left. Image 1 is correctly labeled as a posterior view of the left elbow. Thanks for a great magazine, always informative, usually impeccably clear. CAROLINA CANDELARIA OAK ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA

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