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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
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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