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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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