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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
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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