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Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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