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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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
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A Few Words About Licensing...
By Editorial Staff
I wanted to respond about your article about licensing. (Editor's note: Please see Cliff Korn's article, "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html).As a certified reflexologist through two schools (one in the U.S., the other in Canada, totaling 700 hours), I taught for the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) in St. Petersburg, Florida for seven years. In August 1995, I chose to relocate to the Northwest. I was told that since there was no licensing in Oregon, I would not have problems establishing a business practice and teaching there. However, in October 1995, the Oregon Massage Board informed me that I was practicing without a license and faced a $1,000 fine if I did not cease. Knowing I was in the public eye, I chose to get my massage license (340 hours, at that time) so I could continue practicing and teaching reflexology.
Looking back, I am glad I bit the bullet and got the massage license. It has protected me legally, and aided in legitimizing my reflexology work. I am glad that Oregon raised its massage education standard to 500 hours. I still think too many massage therapists are being "cranked" out of massage schools. I wasn't comfortable with the training of over half the students I attended school with; I would never consider going to them as a client. There is not enough emphasis on business ethics, hygiene and professionalism. I want to be seen as a professional -- not put in a box with those who dress as if they just got out of bed. The consumer doesn't know the difference over the phone.
What truly bothers me is the number of massage therapists claiming to be reflexologists, despite only 4-6 hours of formal reflexology training! There is much more to reflexology than rubbing feet. I do not do a foot massage when people ask for reflexology. There truly is a difference. I have over 1,000 hours of reflexology training, and I am nationally certified. How would you feel about being lumped in with those who got a one-weekend course? There are also many people teaching reflexology who aren't even certified in reflexology, which waters down the true science and art of this bodywork technique.
At the massage school I attended in Portland, I questioned the reflexology instructor's training; I was told he had taken a weekend course with IIR, and had talked to other people about it. In effect, this person is teaching a technique form not taught by IIR and not sanctioned by any other reflexology school. He is still teaching today, because there are no regulations for teachers.
This is not just an issue of licensing practitioners. It is also an issue of teacher accreditation. Everyone looks for a loophole to get CEUs, or to learn a new technique they can flaunt on their business cards.
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