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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How important is it for you to be a member of a state or national massage organization?
Total Respondents: 434
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
to this Web site.
Very important I feel that all therapists who are committed to being successful with their practice in massage therapy, whether they are fresh from school or a long time therapist need to stay interactive with what is going on around them. I for one can learn far more with the opportunities of sharing with an organization or group of fellow massage therapists in various issues such as new or upcoming methods of healing, business opportunities, experiences with the public to be aware of, etc. More often than not I feel there are far greater Benefits by being involved with others than cutting yourself off from the world.
It has become abundantly clear that in the overwhelmingly majority of cases in which voters post incendiary and/or trite comments, they do so anonymously, leaving no e-mail address through which to respond. As the comment feature is intended to inspire thoughtful discourse toward the growth of the profession, I encourage you to provide your e-mail address so that others may respond to your comments if so desired.
It is also no coincidence that in the overwhelming majority of cases in which comments are thoughtful and well-intended, the voter includes his or her e-mail address.
One would hope that most, if not all voters who post comments would have the courage and conviction to allow their words to stand the test of rebuttal and response. Again, the comment feature on Massage Poll is intended to provoke communication, not simply one-way diatribes that do little to promote discussion or growth in the profession.
I'd also like to note that I am not referring to those cases in which respondents omit their e-mail addresses for privacy purposes. Just by reading the content of the comments, one can make a fairly clear and immediate distinction between those voters who value their privacy vs. those who are "avoiding" any response to their words.
Peter W. Crownfield
Very important It's very important for me to belong to a national massage organization because doing so has opened countless doors for me during my career - for instance, the AMTA organized the 2002 Winter Sports Massage Team allowing me and 268 other massage therapists to work on the athletes of the Salt Lake Olympic Games - The AMTA was also crucial to formation of the Sports Massage Team for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, where I was privileged to serve as well. In addition, the AMTA organized the Massage Emergency Response Teams that served victims and rescuers in PA, DC, and NY after the 9/11 attacks.
Those and scores of other opportunities to serve through massage would not be available to me if I did not belong to the AMTA.
Somewhat important I am the founder and current Vice President of a local massage association. When we formed our association 6 years ago, it was the general consensus that the people did not want our organization to be affiliated with any National or State organization. Therefore, we are independent of such organizaitons. I can see the benefits of both sides, but at this time do not see the need to have our local association involved with a State or National organization. And personally, I believe that $235 is a bit much per year for dues!
Very important i just want people to know that if more of us came together we would be look down on bythe few that don't understand.
Very important I'm currently a massage therapy student.This web site Looks great
Not that important I am a member of ABMP. I was a member of AMTA.
Frankly, I find that the initiatives that these
organizations concern themselves with- praticularly
AMTA, do not reflect what is in the best interests of
the profession or the working massage professional.
Where their initiatives make any sense at all, they
seem oriented toward increasing the movement of
dollars from members pockets and state and federal
student aid programs into the bank accounts of massage
schools. The massage school business has become
particularly lucrative with the increased interest in
massage and many newer operators are simply
entrepreneurs who might have as gladly opened a dry
cleaning or lawn care franchise. To the extent that
such interests are furthered, the profession is
Michael Brechtel, BS,
Very important Have you noticed that no courage at all is required to write an anonymous message slamming an entity with one's personal criticism?
Mark W. Dixon
Very important Not only is it very important to belong to an organization, it is important to learn if the organization you have joined is supportive and/or reflective of your personal beliefs. Your dues may be being used to take you where you have no interest in going.
Very important I feel that being a member of your State AND National associations is extremely important to the growth of our profession. It is your membership dues that pay for the many varied forms of SUPPORT these organizations offer. That, along with all of the hard working, dedicated member / therapists who often do not receive enough credit for all of their efforts and time spent giving to the causes.
All therapists enjoy the benefits, oftimes unseen, of organizational efforts. Yet too often those who did not support the efforts of the organizations, will be the first ones to complain that things are not working the way they would want it to.
It's true that things are not always perfect, that there are ups and downs and sometimes negativity, and even mistakes or bad judgements can be made as well as personality conflicts. But all in all, that happens in any environment where people are involved and where progress being made, be it family life, employment environment, or organizational structures.
It is the ultimate end results that count, and without yours and my dues, that cannot occur.
Do you mean a state/nation-wide professional organization, such as ABMP, that aims to facilitate (as opposed to provide) direction for the profession and protect the interests of its members? Or do you mean an organization that seeks to control the industry for the benefit of the few, under the guise of "protecting the public," such as the AMTA or NCBTMB? Or do you mean some sort of government-controlled organization?
I cannot effectively answer such a vague question.
Unnecessary Organizations have been, and are, important in educating the public and promoting bodywork.
However, organizations often come to a place where promoting themselves and increasing their power and influence is thier primary mission.
The AMTA and the NCTMB fall into this category.
More specifically, the national test is a joke. What it does not do is test bodywork skills. It's a written test- picking and choosing random facts. What's worse, some questions are irrelevant and answers to other questions are simply incorrect.
(for many years I've taught Human Sciences and Bodywork at a major bodywork school)
One of my former students said her NCTMB test had FIVE questions just on the coracobrachialis!
In addition to being inadequate the test is far too expensive ($225). Oregon gives a practical bodywork test which costs $100.oo and they rent out a large motel for 4 days, and have 3 examiners per person- far more expensive for the tester, yet less expensive for the therapist. NTCMB, where does that money go?
And I am sure the NTCMB will increase the required hours, but will the test be any more valid?
Do schools want to teach students to pass a test or teach students to be good bodyworkers? The two are not mutually exclusive. Nonetheless, class hours will increasingly be devoted to memorizing facts rather than learning skills. Courses will focus on "what do I need to know to pass the test" - a question that is now all to pervasive.
My answer - "Who cares? Now, let's focus on what will make you a better bodyworker, OK."
Very important We do need a statewide licensure in the worst
way. Most therapists are practicing illegally at
least part time with their work. Most don't even
know the legal or insurance ramifications of this.
Not that important I used to think that it was very important to be with an association. Now, however, I realize that I have not used the benefits that I have been paying for. I am on your web site because I knew you did an article about different associations and liability insurances and listed the prices. Thanks for your newspaper, I am leaving the AMTA because I don't really use it and my money is going to a rediculous law suit againts a newspaper I like better than their magazine. Keep up the great work.
Very important Just as our country was formed out of a need for the representation of its inhabitants, the member-driven professional association provides a means for its membership to hear itself and to be heard by its stakeholders: consumers, legislators, researchers, allied practitioners, educators.
To reach and influence those stakeholders and to positively affect the massage and bodywork profession, it's extremely important to be part of a professional association. The issue is representation and being part of a collective voice.
About insurance, which is always part of discussions like this one: Well-trained practitioners who know and stay within their scope of practice need have little concern about liability; malpractice insurance turns out to be a minor benefit of association membership.
It's about sharing ideas and reaching consensus through respectful dialogue, and that can only be accomplished through the organization provided by membership in a professional association.
Mark W. Dixon
Huntington Beach CA
Very important Belonging to an organization helps me to feel very connected to the massage community, as well as being a strong support for me. The insurance is important, and all the other benefits, such as keeping informed and the national registry, are quite nice to have.
Very important I think that the importance for me is that these organizations can and do meet with state legislators
and insurance company representatives to protect our interests as an emerging professional field of health care.
Very important DEAR MASSAGE THERAPIST,
MY NAME IS LLOYD ANDERSON, I AM SEARCHING TO MAKE A CARRER CHANGE . TODAY I RECEIVED MY DOCUMENTS TO SIGN UP FOR A PROGRAM TO STUDY TO BE A PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE . I WAS NOT CONVINCED WITH THE PROGRAM . HOW CAN I STUDY TO BE A MASSAGE THERAPIST? PLEASE CONTACT ME AT MY E MAIL OR AT ADD.5789 ST CHARLES PRADO , ORLANDO FLORIDA . 32822. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE THIS WEBSITE.
LLOYD ANDERSON.......PH..407 381 2633
Very important Professional organizations, whatever your field of expertise, enable the sharing of information, as well as providing a forum for networking and comraderie. People with a passion for their work want to associate with others who share their passion!
Unnecessary On the one hand, looking to something outside of you, such a massage organization, for validation and acknowledgement that you are a professional and what you do has value, puts you in bondage to the ideas and standards of others. On the other hand, organizations promote the sharing of ideas, techniques and fellowship unique to the world of "hands on" healing.
Not that important I don't feel that it is that important as there are too many different organizations who supposedly speak for us as MT's but don't ask or listen if we do speak up. AMTA is so busy hustling their legislative agenda in Indiana that they fail to understand that the lobbist that they have paid $60,000 (Of our money) to over the last 2 years can't get the job done. Our bill died in committee 2 years in a row. If they don't produce results fire them and get someone else, or mobilize the membership to go to Indy and overwhelm the legislators with the sheer number of voters who they are not taking care of. $60,000 would have put up the entire Indiana Membership for one night in Indy to get the word to the Senators & Reps. AMTA has also spent a substantial amount of OUR money with this stupid law suit against Massage Today for attempting to improve communication with the membership and non-members all over the country. IN ORDER the things I want from an association are:
Information about our business, Communication with our peers, Affordable Professional Liability Insurance. If I want to be involved in politics I'll buy a legislator or campain for a replacement who holds my views on the business. Scotty Livingston, CMT,CI
VP - Regional College of Massage Therapy at Ft. Wayne
Very important Organizations are vital in keeping educational and professional standards adequate as well as ensuring quality care. The reputation of massage therapists depends on these standards.