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Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Licensure Comes to Mississippi
Bill Provides Regulation for Mississippi Massage Therapists
By Editorial Staff
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI - Mississippi has become the 30th state to adopt official legislation regulating the practice of massage therapy.
Following approval by the Mississippi legislature, the Mississippi Professional Massage Therapy Act (PMTA) was signed by Governor Ronnie Musgrove on April 7, 2001; the bill officially takes effect on July 1, 2001.
Provision for registration of massage therapists in Mississippi was originally introduced to the Mississippi House of Representatives in early 2000 as House Bill 933, but that bill died in committee.Nearly a year later, the registration issue was again brought to the state legislature, this time as Senate Bill 2360. The bill was transmitted to the House on February 12; amended and passed by the House on March 1; then transmitted to the Senate, which approved the bill on March 30.
The title of the bill describes the new legislation as:
The bill establishes a 600-hour minimum standard for obtaining a "massage therapy certificate of registration." Specifically, applicants must submit transcripts from a massage therapy school verifying that "the applicant has completed a board-approved training program of not less than six hundred (600) hours of supervised in-class massage therapy instruction, and at least one hundred (100) hours of student clinic..." The educational requirements include 200 hours in massage theory and practicum; 200 hours in science of the human body; and 200 hours in allied modalities, such as hydrotherapy; charting and documentation; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid; and referral methods within the health care system.
Included in the text of the bill is a grandfather clause, stipulating that the educational requirements of the act shall not apply to "pre-act practitioners," namely:
Pre-act practitioners must apply for a certificate of registration from the state board by January 1, 2002 (June 1, 2003 for students enrolled in a part-time massage school on July 1, 2001.
The bill also provides for the creation of a Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy, to consist of:
According to the bill, board members appointed by Governor Musgrove within 90 days from the effective date of the act, with the advice and consent of the Missisissippi Senate. Board members will be chosen from a list provided by a state-level professional massage therapy association.
Commenting on the bill, Steven Olsen, president of the American Massage Therapy Association, enthused: "Our association is pleased to see that thirty states have taken measures to ensure the safety of consumers and the protection of our profession. Demand for quality massage therapy is growing rapidly, and the public deserves to know that there are standards by which they can determine who is qualified to provide a massage."
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