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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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Education Takes Center Stage at Annual Council of Schools Meeting
By Editorial Staff
Tiffany M. Field, PhD, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, was the keynote presenter at the AMTA's 2002 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting of the Council of Schools (COS), held January 22-26 in Tucson, Arizona.Dr. Field, a long-time supporter of research-backed factual findings that support the efficacy of massage, spoke about ongoing broad-based research programs in collaboration with other doctors in the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics and pharmacology.
An international group of massage and bodywork school owners and administrators met and discussed a variety of education-related topics. An entire day was dedicated to understanding competency-based education. A workshop entitled, "Competency-Based Education: What Is It? How Does It Work? Why Is It Relevant to Massage Therapy Education?" was facilitated by educator/teacher Judith McDaniel, PhD, who has designed evaluation processes that allow students and employers to determine competency in a variety of skills.
A competency-based panel presentation and competency-based discussion groups followed her workshop. The discussion groups grappled with issues such as testing for competency and creating a curriculum for competency.
Elections also were held at the annual meeting. The current officers of the council are:
In an interview, Peggy Smith, president of the 300+ member council, indicated that she felt that the opportunity for school owners to network among themselves was the most important aspect of the COS. She mentioned that she has always derived value from being able to sit down over lunch with her peers and share how problems are solved and how progress is evaluated. She felt strongly that this sharing of experiences was beneficial for the massage therapy profession as a whole, in that it allowed for an elevation of the quality of educational programs and a greater ability for meaningful interaction with students on administrative issues such as alternative financing/financial aid, admissions policy and professional behaviors.
Smith indicated that she felt the discussions on competency-based education were particularly pertinent to educators today, as there is continuing debate in the profession concerning hours of education required for entry level practice. She indicated that it was likely that trends in the evaluation of competencies could be a consensus-building step in changing the paradigm from hours to outcomes. She mentioned that the profession continues to deal with the issues of what makes a good/great massage therapist, and how outcomes can be measured. She urged all schools to explore refreshed curricula that incorporate competency-based education, because she feels it allows for accountability in the quality of graduates.
In addition to its annual leadership conference, the COS convenes an annual teachers' conference each summer. This year's conference is scheduled for August 1-4, 2002 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
School owners and directors have several opportunities each year to network:
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