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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.
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.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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?
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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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