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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."
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
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.
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.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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!
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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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