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Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
Illinois Joins Ranks of the Regulated
HB 2271 Takes Effect January 1, 2003
By Editorial Staff
As of December 4, 2002, HB 2271 is the law of the land in Illinois, officially regulating the practice of massage and bodywork. Illinois becomes the 31st state to adopt regulatory requirements for the massage profession.
The bill's passage culminates nearly two years of work that began when the bill was introduced to the Illinois House of Representatives on February 22, 2001.The text of the bill, which reflects several significant amendments, mandates regulation of the state's massage therapy profession as follows:
Beginning January 1, 2004, persons engaged in massage for compensation must be licensed by the Department. The Department shall issue a license to an individual who meets all of the following requirements:
As noted in the text, the bill stipulates the use of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork's (NCBTMB) National Certification Exam (NCE) as the entry-level examination credential for Illinois massage practitioners. While Illinois is the 26th state to adopt the NCE as a regulatory standard, it is the first to require that practitioners keep their certification current.
(a) For a period of one year after the effective date of the rules adopted under this Act, the Department may issue a license to an individual who, in addition to meeting the requirements set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 15 [licensure requirements above], produces proof that he or she has met at least one of the following requirements before the effective date of this Act:
(b) An applicant who can show proof of having engaged in the practice of massage therapy for at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of one year prior to the effective date of this Act and has less than 100 hours of formal training or has been practicing for less than one year with 100 hours of formal training must complete at least 100 additional hours of formal training consisting of at least 25 hours in anatomy and physiology by January 1, 2004.
(c) An applicant who has training from another state or country may qualify for a license under subsection (a) by showing proof of meeting the requirements of that state or country and demonstrating that those requirements are substantially the same as the requirements in this Section.
The bill includes a Governor's Amendatory Veto that delays until January 1, 2004, the section of the bill that deletes a municipality's authority to regulate massage. In effect, this allows individual jurisdictions (specifically, the city of Chicago) to continue to regulate massage until all elements of the regulatory infrastructure are in place, including a state board of massage. HB 2271 takes effect on January 1, 2003.
HB 2271 is one of several massage bills passed by state legislatures in recent months. As reported in the November 2002 issue of Massage Today,1 California legislators recently approved two pieces of massage legislation: SB 577, a freedom-of-practice bill that protects unlicensed practitioners from violations of the Medical Practice Act; and AB 15, which requires business licenses for practitioners working as independent contractors. Many other states have introduced massage bills to their respective state legislatures, or are in the process of doing so.
Mississippi was the last state before Illinois to adopt massage regulations, passing SB 2360 in April 2001.2 With Illinois now joining that group, only 19 states remain without legislation regulating the practice of massage therapy. As the number of unregulated states dwindles, one can be certain the debate over the merits of professional licensure will only intensify.
You can track the progress of legislative efforts in those states, and the reaction of the massage and bodywork community, in upcoming issues of Massage Today.
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