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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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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