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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
The National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards
By Editorial Staff
Editor's note: David Frostad is the 2000 president of the National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards (NASMTB), serving through March 2001. (Barbara Benson succeeds him as NASMTB president this month.) Mr.Frostad is also the owner of a corporation that promotes the practice and education of massage. Although he travels around the country teaching and working, the major portion of Mr. Frostad's practice is based in Oregon, where he is also a member of the state board of massage.
A group of representatives from various state massage regulatory agencies met in August 1999 to join forces in establishing the National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards (NASMTB). Together they approved the following:
With the profession of massage and bodywork continuing to mature, an increasing number of states have enacted legislation. Since only a few have created distinct boards, a variety of public bodies now oversee the profession. With the different methods of oversight, there have also been a variety of standards created. Instead of a national standard, we have state-by-state differences in what is needed to protect the public from unscrupulous or immoral practices. This has created some uncomfortable difficulties for professionals.
Whereas the professional organizations function to protect the profession, the regulatory bodies have been instructed to protect the public at large. Although both might appear to have similar goals, they are not always identical. By recognizing these differences, we can best utilize the strengths of both groups.
National certification exams have helped to standardize the expectations of what professionals expect from each other. The professional standards, however, do not always reflect the requirements of what regulatory bodies believe are needed to protect the public. Unfortunately, this means that reciprocity between licensing bodies is currently an issue. Differences in expectations for education and competency can be costly and prohibitive for the movement of a practitioner from one state to another.
Each time the NASMTB meets, board representatives mention struggles that occur with licensing and regulation -- issues shared by other boards. Discussion helps us to standardize how we regulate the practice of massage. Common issues include: educational expectations (including minimum knowledge and skills, and hours vs. competency); written and performance licensing examination standards and methods; reciprocity and endorsement; expectations and measurement of continued competency; and the definition of massage for purposes of inclusion and exclusion of professional practices.
As we learn to better regulate this profession, it is also helpful to educate others about who we are and what rights and responsibilities we have by law. Although it is sometimes difficult to find information about the various regulations, the NASMTB is committed to improving access by maintaining contact information for the states. Most of the regulatory states have links on the World Wide Web to the statutes and rules for the profession; if not, they at least have contact information. In the past, obtaining this information from each state proved difficult because of differences in state search engines.
The NASMTB has compiled a list of state massage sites to make this search easier. You can find contact information for each state at www.nasmtb.org. Also included is contact information for the District of Columbia, the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, and links to various organizations connected with the profession of massage and bodywork. (Editor's note: At the time this issue went to press in late March 2001, the NASMTB website was "currently under construction.")
The NASMTB meets twice a year to discuss issues of common interests to the member regulatory bodies. If you have an issue you would like to present to the NASMTB, please send written notice to:
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