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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
FLAME Carries the Torch for Florida Massage Education
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
For some time, the Florida Board of Massage Therapy (FBMT) has been re-examining the current minimum educational requirements to become a licensed massage therapist in Florida. Many appointees on the board have expressed an interest in increasing the number of required educational hours for massage therapy schools; however, for the FBMT to enact an increase, a change in the Administrative Code or "rules" is necessary, and specific protocol must be followed, including publicly announcing "rulemaking" workshops, so hearings on the issue can be held around the state.In our case, a board member facilitated the workshops and invited other board members to share their views, and listen to the views of interested parties. The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) expressed its belief that increasing school hours was one way to improve the profession. The Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association also supported an increase in the number of educational hours, as did some massage schools and practicing massage therapists.
At one of these workshops, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) presented its position on the issue. Currently, Florida public massage schools are required to teach 750-hour massage therapy programs. The FDOE has changed the number of school hours several times within the past few years from 850 hours to 500 hours to 750 hours. When asked why the hours had gone from 500 to 750 hours, the FDOE said it was because public school teachers "could not teach a massage therapy program in 500 hours."
Following the FDOE's presentation, the board instantly decided to increase the number of educational hours to 700 for board-approved schools. Unhappy with the way in which the decision was reached, the Florida Association of Massage Education (FLAME), a group of approximately 16 massage schools, challenged the entire rulemaking process. The FLAME group felt that:
Fortunately, FLAME's intervention resulted in a settlement agreement between FLAME and the FBMT with the following details:
All of the schools involved in FLAME share a real love for the massage therapy profession. They felt that if changes were going to be made to improve massage therapy education, the changes should be made based on good research and well-thought-out plans. This settlement agreement represents a desire on behalf of both parties to cooperate and do the best job possible of improving massage education in Florida.
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