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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Advanced Certification: The Future of Massage Therapy?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Arizona massage therapist Steve Miller has always been passionate about education. After completing his master's degree, he began a career in academic counseling until a tumor scare and chronic pain led him to seek massage therapy.Following a successful round of treatment, Miller began looking into massage therapy as a side job, but his passion for the practice won him over, and he eventually transitioned from education into massage therapy full-time.
However, Miller became frustrated when he discovered that Arizona prohibits massage therapists from billing insurance carriers for their services. "In many states, massage therapists are not required to be paid by third-party carriers because the carriers often feel the work is not significant and performed by uneducated practitioners," he said. Realizing that quality of education was a huge sticking point with the insurance industry, he decided that the massage profession needed to be elevated to a level on par with similar health care professions, such as physical therapy.
Using his educational background, knowledge of massage therapy, and feedback from a wide range of health care professionals and consumers, Miller set out to create a new, advanced form of massage therapy certification that would, in part, enable qualified therapists to bill insurance companies. Miller collaborated with physicians, massage therapists and insurance companies, and eventually established the curriculum for the Certified Diplomate of Massage Therapy (DMT) using criteria similar to that of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
This January, Miller announced the creation of the DMT and his new organization, the International Center for Excellence in Massage Therapy (ICEMT), which will oversee the DMT certification. According to the ICEMT Web site, "The DMT serves as the top-level credential for massage therapists and is the equivalent of a Doctorate degree."
Miller asserts that the DMT is essential to the advancement of the massage therapy profession: "By developing the DMT certification, the ICEMT verifies the practitioner has completed a rigorous program of study with the same background as other professionals who perform similar work. We can then begin working with insurance carriers to recognize this and accept DMTs as providers in their network."
Although the National Certification Examination (NCE), offered through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), already validates the practice of massage therapy, Miller stresses that the DMT is an advanced certification option only available to experienced massage therapists, while the NCE certifies entry-level massage therapists: "The DMT only seeks to recognize those practitioners who have completed a rigorous academic and research program. It is not meant for everyone, nor is it meant for entry-level practitioners. It also does not mean that if one does not have the DMT they are a poor therapist," he notes.
The DMT curriculum takes stock of an applicant's academic history, clinical and research experience, and civic performance. Much like a typical DPT degree, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited university with a grade of B or higher; have completed a series of science and mathematical courses, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, calculus, and statistics, among others; have completed a 500-hour or greater massage education program; have had one year each of clinical experience and civic involvement; and have completed an independent research, study or continuing education program. To apply, therapists must complete a portfolio process in which their qualifications are reviewed by three members of the ICEMT evaluation board, which consists of two naturopaths, three massage therapists, and three non-health care- professionals.
Depending on how well the DMT is received in the massage community, the ICEMT will pursue independent accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) - a branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) - the same organization that accredits the NCBTMB's exam.
As for the ICEMT's immediate plans, Miller says the organization will begin issuing press releases to get the word out to the industry about the new certification; it also plans to work on educating insurance carriers at the local level about the DMT. If successful, ICEMT will expand its efforts to other areas.
In the meantime, does Miller worry about how the ICEMT and DMT certification will be received by the profession? "I'm sure that it will be laughed off as a joke [by some]," he muses. "Every venture incurs risk, and while I hope for the best with regards to the ICEMT and DMT, it bears little on my personal outlook on the field, life, and my abilities."
For more information on the ICEMT or the DMT, visit www.icemt.org.
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