Brian Miller, PT, OCS, a therapist with Community Physical Therapy in Marquette, MI, integrates movement therapies, such as Feldenkrais®, Rolfing and the Alexander technique and the Trager® method, with traditional therapy.
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"These [alternative] therapies increase my sense of touch and my ability to perceive changes and nuances in movement," he
spent years and thousands of dollars of his
own money learning about holistic therapies, something many Pts don't have time or money to do."With cutbacks in continuing education, this is a big-time money and time commitment that comes out of the therapist's own pocket," Miller
"If you wave your hands over someone's body to dispel an aura, that's quackery," Miller
"Everyone I know who does this incorporates standard therapy so there is no problem with billing," Miller
said."If you can justify your therapy with scientific principles and it makes sense it's OK with your state practice law, then you can bill for it."Miller also said he is with in the law when he provides patients with books on nutrition, including vitamin supplements and holistic therapies, then advises them to discuss the information with their doctor.
"There is nothing wrong with recommending principles when they meet acceptable standards," he
said therapists interested in using alternative techniques first need to read about the method, then get intensive training so the treatments are done properly.As they work with patients, therapists need to carefully evaluate whether they are getting positive results.And they must be wary to techniques that are not based in sound, scientific principles."If it sounds strange and it looks strange and smells strange, stay away from it," Miller