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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
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 Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
The "Big Easy" Hosts Annual Council of Schools Leadership Conference
By Editorial Staff
The 2004 American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Council of Schools (COS) Leadership Conference was held in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, at the Hotel Monteleone - the self-proclaimed "gateway" to the French Quarter.
The theme of the conference, "Touching Ideas - Old and New - and Having Fun, too!" set the precedent for the four-day event that included workshops, presentations and vendors, and key industry representatives, including opening presenter, Robert King, former COS president and executive director of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and closing presenter, George Kousaleos, founder and executive director of the CORE Institute in Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr.King's speech, "Where We've Come From," discussed the history of some crucial massage organizations, including the AMTA and COS, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). He reminded the audience of the principles upon which the COS was founded, and challenged attendees to evaluate the current state of massage education and uphold the original principles and mission of the COS. In his complementary closing presentation, "Where We Are Going," Mr. Kousaleos shared his vision for the future of the profession and massage education.
"It was really exciting to have both of these national treasures in our program," enthused Peggy Smith, who is finishing her term as 2003 COS president. "These pioneering members help us connect the dots between where we were, where we are and where we're going...it is vital to have their participation to help the new member schools have a sense of our history."
The new COS board members were also announced during the conference's annual business meeting. They include Winona Bontrager, president; Chris Froelich, first vice-president; Melony Phillips, second vice-president; Barry Antoniow, third vice-president; and Cheryl Sproles, secretary.
Founded in 1982, the COS is a network composed of massage school owners, administrators and faculty for the purpose of facilitating advancement, growth and quality in massage education and the profession as a whole.
For more information on the COS or to register for next year's conference, scheduled for Jan 12-15, 2005 in Calif., visit www.amtamassage.org/membership/cosintro.htm or call 847-864-0123.
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