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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Wisconsin Registration Law Upgraded to State Certification
By Betsy Krizenesky, WRMT, AMTA-WI Government Relations Chair
Effective March 1, 2003, 2001 Wisconsin Act 74 upgrades the current registration law to state certification for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Regulation will still be of titles rather than the actual practice of massage therapy and bodywork.Those choosing not to meet state requirements will still be allowed to practice massage in Wisconsin without a state credential, but will need to choose titles other than Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker.
The regulatory bill was initiated by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-WI), after a member moved at a chapter meeting on August 25, 2000 that no new legislative action be taken before taking a survey of massage therapists. In February 2001, three-fourths (76%) of respondents to a mailed survey voted for the chapter to pursue practice protection. The bill draft was almost identical to the original legislation that had been drafted by a coalition of massage therapists and bodyworkers in 1996, resulting in the current registration law.
Representative Dean Kaufert and Senator Judith Robson introduced the legislation (AB 749/SB 413) in January 2002. In its initial form, the bill addressed licensing (practice protection). In February, the bill was amended to certification for the profession (only title protection, but nonetheless an upgrade from registration).
Proponents in Wisconsin see the most compelling reason for increased regulation strongly linked to the burgeoning use by the public of massage therapy. As larger cross-sections of the population are seeking the services of massage therapists and bodyworkers, a larger proportion of clients seen have more serious health problems. As a profession, we need adequate training to be able to recognize contraindications to treatment to avoid doing harm. State regulation is the most effective way of ensuring adequate profession-wide training.
All Wisconsin registered massage therapists and bodyworkers with a valid state credential on March 1, 2003 will become state-certified massage therapists and bodyworkers upon successful renewal. Therapists applying for the first time for a renewable credential will need to meet current requirements, which will not change with the new law. Those requirements consist of an approved 600-hour program in massage therapy or bodywork, and passage of the NCE and a take-home exam on the laws of Wisconsin that apply to the profession.
New stipulations as of March 1, 2003:
For your own copy of the new law, which will take effect March 1, 2003, call 1-800-362-9472 and ask for 2001 Wisconsin Act 74, or print yourself a copy from: www.legis.state.wi.us/2001/data/acts/01Act74.pdf.
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