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The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
With Legislative Intent
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
I take on this month's topic with the "slight" hesitancy characteristic of following my two sons into an unheated swimming pool in winter. There are few issues that can polarize massage practitioners as quickly as that of licensing and regulation. Not coincidentally, there are also few issues that could benefit from dialog and critical reflection as much as this one.
Massage is a profession seeking credibility, a useful scope of practice, and freedom from the vagaries of local regulations. We habitually seek such goals within the realms of state occupational regulation (OR). Such regulation has been the most successful strategy for wresting control of massage from local agencies. However, local laws may apply even in states with licensing, unless the state's statute specifically forbids this.
In many states, the practice of medicine is defined so broadly that there is no unclaimed area of health care practice.8 Under such definitions, only professions that have their scope of practice carved out by a licensing law are free from the potential of prosecution. An alternative approach, recently taken in Minnesota and under consideration in California (SB577), is to redefine the business and professions code to specifically allow the unlicensed practice of noninvasive complementary methods.
The Legislative Intent of Occupational Regulation
For most states, the motivation for OR is to protect the public from harm that is recognizable and not remote. Without likely harm, there are fundamental rights for a person to be free to choose a profession.5,7 Motivations of legitimizing or recognizing the credibility of a profession are notably missing from state statutes defining the purpose of OR. So the key question becomes, what is the likelihood of harm occurring at a level of practice that licensing would prevent?
In 1997, the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council concluded that there was minimal potential for harm from massage.3 Recently, the British Columbia Health Professions Council concluded that there were no massage practices that warranted being declared as restricted acts.1 These conclusions, coupled with extremely low liability insurance rates, indicate that harm from massage is remote. Massage licensure would have rough sledding in states with sunrise (review) acts.5,7 and such states, like Florida, that currently regulate massage, would be much less likely to do so if the regulation were newly proposed.2 The assumption that unlicensed massage results in client harm is a dog that won't hunt.
Standards and Quality
Licensure is often promoted on issues of standards and quality, yet when closely examined, these are far from clear. When quality is measured by client satisfaction and availability of service, the relationship between licensure and quality is often weak.4,5,8
Measures of quality based on hours of education have been driven more by eligibility requirements for federal financial aid9 than by the need for specific training. In contrast, massage school owner Ramona Moody6 provides one of the few starting points that is based on examining the training needed to achieve minimum competence:
I participated in a task force initiated by the BPPVE [Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education], which legislates massage schools among others. The purpose of the task force was to decide what the absolute minimum requirements should be for massage training. The massage schools, owners who participated in the task force decided that rather than develop a curriculum for the 250 hours suggested by the Bureau representatives as a minimum, we would discuss what knowledge we feel the students really need, and how many classroom hours it realistically takes to impart that knowledge. It was a really interesting discussion, carried out over several meetings, and the conclusion we came to was that it takes about 200-300 hours in the classroom to impart to students the minimum education we felt they really need in the marketplace. This included more than one massage modality, along with health and safety, anatomy and physiology, business practices and ethics, as well as communication skills. We felt this would make the student competitive in the marketplace, as well as no danger to the public.
Similar to massage, piloting a plane requires both kinesthetic skills and technical knowledge. Piloting, however, is much less forgiving of incompetence. The FAA requires 250 hours of flight experience to issue a single-engine commercial pilot certification.10 Coupling this FAA requirement with Moody's observations, it seems clear that minimal training requirements for massage are being significantly overestimated. It is incongruent to advocate integrity for the profession of massage when we have not assured the integrity of our own claims for licensing. If we are truly committed to improving the delivery of massage services, we need to take account not just the hours, but the modern teaching concepts and the social fabric for increasing the availability of massage.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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