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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Veterans Eligible for Reimbursement for National Certification Exam
By Editorial Staff
Veterans of the armed services are now eligible for reimbursement for the costs of taking the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently recognize the NCETMB in statute or rule; more than 50,000 tests have been administered nationally.Any veteran qualifying under the GI Bill is now eligible for up to $2,000 reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Specifically, reimbursement will be provided for licensing and certification tests taken on or after March 1, 2001. The VA will pay for the cost of the tests (there is no limit to the number of tests one can take), but not for other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification. The current cost of the NCETMB is $225.
Legislation passed in November 2000 was initiated by the Coalition for Professional Certification (CPC), a professional certification advocacy group, allows for reimbursement of professional certification fees up to $2,000 if the certification program meets standards drafted by the CPC and adopted by Congress and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Prospective massage therapists are eligible for NCETMB reimbursement if they are eligible for:
To apply for reimbursement of the NCETMB, applicants should send a copy of test results to the Veterans' Administration, along with the following information:
First-time applicants for VA education benefits will need to submit an application for benefits along with the request for test reimbursement. Application forms can be downloaded from the VA website at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/educationforms.htm. Veterans or those on active duty will need VA Form 22-1990; eligible children and spouses will need VA Form 22-5490.
For more information on reimbursement of the NCETMB examination, contact the NCBTMB:
National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
To contact the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs with questions regarding reimbursement of test fees, or to mail your reimbursement application, contact the VA regional office in your area, or the VA office for your state. That information can be accessed on line at www.va.gov/sta/guide/home.asp?division=all.
Commenting on the legislation, NCBTMB Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, enthused: "The national certification program will now be accessible to more individuals wishing to pursue careers as massage therapists and bodyworkers. The ever-increasing number of nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers assures the public's safety and further makes safe, competent massages and bodywork more available."
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