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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
National Certification Board Tweaks Strategic Plan
By Editorial Staff
Duck Key, FL -- As this issue of Massage Today goes to press, the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has just met to review progress on implementation of its Strategic Plan.
This was the first major review of NCBTMB's current strategic plan since it was initially implemented in 1999.This review has resulted in some significant changes. Even though the goals of NCBTMB remain the same, several of the conditions relative to each goal have changed in the past few years. These changes should shift the prioritization of NCBTMB's strategies so as to enhance the competency levels of massage therapists and bodyworkers; provide legally defensible programs for utilization of jurisdictions choosing to regulate the profession; and make choosing therapists an easier task for employers and consumers. These strategies will lead to action plans and outcomes that will be achieved over the next 12 to 18 months.
Neal Cross, PhD, chairman of the NCBTMB, noted that this review process was designed to assure that the organization remains responsive to the needs and expectations of its stakeholders in an ever-changing environment.
Dr. Cross affirmed that all segments of the strategic plan were developed after a reconfirmation of the organization's core purpose and core values:
Core Purpose of NCBTMB:
To foster high standards for therapeutic massage and bodywork professionals and public acceptance of the value of these standards and the professionals who uphold them.
Core Values of NCBTMB:
Dr. Cross stated that all of NCBTMB's priorites remain linked to its core values. The top priority remains educating various groups about the value of national certification.
"While we have made great strides in the last couple of years, we want to double our effort in educating legislators, employers and consumers about the value of national certification," said Dr. Cross. "We have recently spent considerable effort and resources to initiate communication with the spa industry. We intend to continue and increase these efforts. We are putting more resources forward to help educate state boards and other legislative groups about the value of national certification and recertification. We hope our certificants are beginning to notice the efforts of NCBTMB in dramatically reaching out to consumers."
Dr. Cross indicated that the NCBTMB has been the focus of more and more media events, ranging from regional television coverage to articles in major and diverse national publications. He hopes that certificants will follow these developments as they take place.
Dr. Cross also stated that, in addition to a mid-cycle rework of the Strategic Plan, efforts were being made to increase organizational effectiveness. He noted that NCBTMB's new website (www.ncbtmb.com) is more user-friendly. For example, consumers can now search for information on individual certificants using a number of different criteria. Organizational infrastructure is also being streamlined to assist in processing certificant and examinee requests more efficiently.
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