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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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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