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The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Arizona Becomes 33rd State to Adopt Massage Regulations
By Editorial Staff
Arizona has become the 33rd state to pass massage therapy legislation. Senate Bill (SB) 1103, sponsored by Sen. Carolyn Allen, et al., was signed on May 12, 2003 by Governor Janet Napolitano, and will be formally introduced into law on July 1, 2004.
Elements of the bill could potentially assist massage therapists who have experienced difficulties practicing massage in multiple jurisdictions.Currently, individual municipalities have their own massage regulations, some of which contradict one another; this makes it difficult for massage therapists to work in more than one city. The Arizona House of Representatives cites this example: "... a massage/bodywork therapist practicing in Phoenix only needs 500 educational hours, while a therapist practicing in Chandler would need 700 educational hours. The cost of a license also varies depending on the municipality."1
Statewide licensure will require that all applicants meet the same criteria. Applicants will initially be required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education; pass a board-approved examination; and supply a complete set of fingerprints for state and federal background checks.
Provisional licenses can be issued to applicants who have completed a minimum of 200 hours of massage education and continuously practiced massage for three years; have been "self-supportive" as a massage therapist in Arizona since 1992; and possess a current professional massage therapy license from a municipality.
The bill will create the Board of Massage Therapy, to consist of three massage therapists and two community members, whose duties will include evaluating applicants; designating a national examination; issuing licenses; and regulating the statewide practice of massage therapy.
According to Susan Pomfret, chairperson for the Arizona Coalition for Massage Therapy and Bodywork (ACMTB), licensing legislation has been in the works for some time. "The great majority of massage therapists in Arizona do want statewide licensure," she said.2
Still, the bill has raised a few eyebrows in the massage community. A portion of the bill contains controversial language relative to massage therapists engaging in sexual improprieties: "...grounds for disciplinary action [include] ... engaging in sexual activity with a client ... making sexual advances, requesting sexual favors or engaging in other verbal conduct or physical contact of a sexual nature with a client."1
The bill also specifically defines what constitutes sexual activity or behavior.
The following excerpts are taken from letters Massage Today received expressing concern over the bill's language:
Pomfret strongly dened that opponents of the bill were mistreated: "All who have attended the ACMTB meetings have been treated respectfully ... I would respectfully disagree with the source that claims otherwise."
Judy Boyer, member of the AMTA-AZ board of directors responsible for legislative affairs, agrees: "... the coalition treated and continues to treat all participants with due respect."4
As for the bill's language, Boyer said, "This bill in no way restricts the practice of legitimate massage therapy. It draws a clear line between those who practice professional massage therapy and those who do not. This does not obstruct Arizona massage therapy professionals - it protects them. Indeed, the language is strong ... there can be no doubt that when you hire a massage therapist, you will get a massage, and if you get something else, you did not hire a massage therapist or someone destined to be a massage therapist for long."
According to Pomfret, many major cities in Arizona wanted to ensure the protection of massage therapists, as well as those seeking legitimate massage. "The city of Phoenix ... [and] ... other major cities in the Valley of the Sun have a strong interest in ensuring that individuals who would engage in prostitution under the guise of massage therapy have no room to do so in Arizona. The concerns of these Arizona cities have been taken seriously in the formulation of SB 1103."
As for complaints about the bill, Pomfret said, "There was no ambiguity about AMTA-AZs intention or the clear invitation for all who would potentially be affected to participate and have their voices heard ... therapists who do not want licensure had an opportunity to be heard in the coalition process; at the sunrise committee hearings; and when the bill was heard in committee in the legislature."
With the passage SB 1103, all but 17 states have some form of regulation. Look for continuing legislative updates in future issues of Massage Today.
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