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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Poll Results for the following Question:
What would you like your massage association to focus on in 2005?
Total Respondents: 401
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Improving association benefits it would be nice to have a quality health care program through the organization for us
Massage education standards
we need to concentrate on all of these items, but until we make one set standard for massage education we will not be a major adjunt to the medical community. We have a numerous amount of well trained therapist that are working in medical community and like myself are often asked about training and what degrees or certifactions we have. So I truly feel without education standards we will not be recognized by most professions. In most states it takes atleast 1500 hours to just cut and style hair.
and the average hours for massage training is 250 to 500 hour.
Marvin Joiner BS,RMT
Other Creating a Nationwide Peer Supervision Group Network through which we can build a community of peers who come together knowing we all want the same thing - to facilitate healing using touch or energy.
Consumer awareness/education campaigns
There are several things I would like to see happen.
1. A retirement paln MTs couls contribute to like TIA-Cref
2. A national commercial about massage-a few years ago, there was a commercial about an ambulance rider who gets off of the truck and says I can't wait to go home and take "some Kind of aspirin". Why can't we do a commercial and the actor can't wait to go home and call their massage therapist? I think this would have a huge impact.
Promoting professional unity I would like to see more unity and also Health benefits for Therapist. A plan that one can afford, we are a large group isn't there a way for a Ins. co. to give us a plan? Maybe the organizations can pick one up? I know alot of therapist that need benefits and have to pick up work elsewhere in order to have them, whether it is working for a Doc. or just another job. Please let me know your thoughts
Consumer awareness/education campaigns The more the public is aware of the benefits of massage, the more our profession will grow and prosper.
I am listed under Holistic Practitioners as a "Medical Manual Therapist" in the Grand Rapids, MI Yellow Pages and I still get prostitution calls. I do medical massage. I thought NOT listing under Massage Therapists would stop that but it hasn't. The problem of prostitutes hiding under the guise of massage is rampant in this state. We're going to have to resort to in parentheses (absolutely no prostitution calls)under our business names.!
Massage education standards Although I checked Massage Ed Standards, I would have checked all the above. Keep up the great work. I look forward to each issue. Maggi,CMT
Massage education standards Standards for coursework as wellas, qualified, experienced teachers are reaching a critical stage...The growth in our industry is exploding and schools are lacking solid educators...some schools choose to hire recent graduates just to fill the void.. I have seen this first hand and it greatly changes the students experience in the classroom...I am afraid we are currently seeing a vast down turn in the skill levels of graduates...
Other I would like to see my local AMTA chapter focus on state licensing requirements, currently there is no state license.
All of the above!
National licensure/regulation We have way to long not been unified. Calif. where I live and practice has in no way made it easy due to not having regulation state wide. Each state does it's own regulations and make it very hard to move state to state. Other careers do not have this issue and we are over due to have some professional standards.I feel this shows that we must have national regulation to keep us protected and create an invironment where our careers are taken serious.
Thank you for considering my feed back.
Improving association benefits National licensure and regulation would be a major benefit, and so would health insurance benefits.
Consumer awareness/education campaigns There are so many people that if they knew of the benefits of massage, they may be more apt to integrate it into their lifestyle. Plus, with all the negative stigmas attached to "massage," hesitation is common. This makes pushing massage as a necessity rather than an occasional luxury even more challenging.
Aimee B., Massage Therapist
Massage education standards As a massage Instructor, my main focus is to give students an excellent education. The education requirements are too broad, and many MT's are getting licenses that should NOT be in practice.
Schools should have a solid curriculum, experienced teachers, an excellent owner/admin that understands the requirements needed to be a professional.
I also think the Nationals are a bunch of BUNK. The school I went to and state I practice in, had a tougher more thourogh testing procedure. Also the Nationals dont offer anything but a piece of paper for $225! If all states saw the Nationals as a standard I would be more inclined to promote them, but at this point, there is nothing that seems a benefit.
Medical community awareness/education campaigns EDUCATING DRS AND INSURANCE COMPAMIES TO PRESCRIPE MASSAGE FOR CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERS IT IS A MUST
Massage education standards National standardized requirements for MT's is the most imporant issue for me. In looking at the different states and requirements,I discovered they are as different as night & day; one state needs 250 hours while another requires 1500 hours or 7 years plus a required number of hours within the 7 years to be able to practice if you're an out-of-state trained MT. On the surface it looks very dis-organized. I'm also very interested in working with the medical community,learning hospital protocol and the MT's place in that environment.
National licensure/regulation there is a great need for a unified regulation across the country for certifiction of therapists.
each state should havea common ground of regulation to follow.
not a hogepoge of do whatever feels good,here you read a book now you can hang a shingle...
National licensure/regulation I am working on becoming a massage therapist and i really want to know what is on the national exam so then i have at least a little head start