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5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.)
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Illinois Massage School Loses Certification; State Budget Cuts May Affect Others
By Rebecca J. Razo
Applicants to Illinois massage therapy schools will have at least one fewer prospect to consider this fall: the Central Illinois School of Massage Therapy (CISMT). The school lost its Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) certification on June 30, and is unable to renew it, now that state budget cuts have forced the ISBE to stop regulating vocational and proprietary educational institutions.
Until Aug.15, the ISBE regulated and certified massage therapy schools. To maintain regulatory compliance and prevent certificate revocation, school license renewal applications were due to the board by April 1. When the CISMT did not submit its application on time, the ISBE issued several compliance notices to the school, all of which went unanswered. A final notice gave the school until June 16 to comply; however, the CISMT application materials weren't received at the ISBE until June 20, four days past the final deadline, and well past the initial due date.
Moreover, an article in the Peoria Journal Star reported that the documents the school eventually submitted were incorrect because they included irrelevant information related to the medical practice of the school's owner, Rebecca Knight.1
Phone calls to the CISMT by Massage Today were not returned.
According to Eric Thatcher, a principal performance consultant with the ISBE, the board gave the school several options, one of which was to withdraw its application, close the school, then reapply under a new name to completely clear itself. But that was before the budget cuts caused the new wrinkle.2
Schools that properly renewed their licenses will be in compliance for at least another year, but schools such as CISMT and new schools that plan to open will have no regulating agency, which could pose a problem for students who enroll in and graduate from those programs: The state licensing board will not grant licenses to students who do not graduate from a board-approved school.2
Without ISBE approval, new massage therapists that graduate from unregulated schools may have trouble finding legal employment in the massage profession. Fortunately, the CISMT may finish instructing students currently enrolled in its program, and their diplomas will show they graduated from a board-approved school, since the school was certified when they enrolled.
However, CISMT is prohibited from recruiting and enrolling new students. To do so would be illegal, according to Thatcher. "Since their certificate was removed, [to enroll new students] would be operating illegally." But how can the CISMT operate illegally if there is no regulating agency? "It's a gray area," Thatcher said.
For more information on Illinois massage school certification and the budget cuts, visit www.isbe.net or call the ISBE at 866-262-6663. Look for updates on this situation in future issues of Massage Today.
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