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Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
NCBTMB to Implement New Eligibility Requirements, Exam
By Rebecca J. Razo
Earlier this year, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced it will make three changes relative to its current national certification system, including updating content on the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB); creating a new exam, the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) that - unlike the NCETMB - focuses solely on massage therapy; and implementing new eligibility criteria to take both exams.The changes are scheduled to take effect June 1, 2005.1,2
According to an NCBTMB press release, the "new massage-only certification program [NCETM] will offer more options to states that desire to separate regulations for massage and bodywork by providing more specific entry-level credentialing."2
Content for the NCETM and updated NCETMB - both entry-level exams - was created based on the results of job analysis surveys of approximately 500 nationally certified therapeutic massage professionals throughout the country who responded to questions relative to knowledge and skill, tasks, approaches to bodywork, background, general information and test content recommendations.1,2
Although the exam eligibility requirements have increased, candidates meeting the new criteria can sit for either the NCETM or NCETMB. Exam eligibility requires candidates to graduate with a minimum of 500 hours of in-class, supervised instruction from a state-approved school, which meets or exceeds the following curriculum:
In an article posted on the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) Web site, ABMP Executive Vice-President Les Sweeney expressed concern over the new requirements. "Changing a school's curriculum, as many school owners can attest, is not a simple or quick process. In many cases, the changes must be reorganized and/or approved by the regulatory authority that oversees post-secondary education in the state in which the school resides," the article said.3
However, according to the NCBTMB, school officials have had ample time to prepare for the changes. "These updated content outlines and eligibility criteria were originally announced in January 2004 at the Council of Schools meeting. Additionally, letters notifying schools of the eligibility criteria changes were sent out to the more than 1,200 schools whose students apply for the national certification examination."1
But Dr. Gregory T. Lawton, owner of the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences with campuses in Michigan and Indiana, has other concerns. "The NCBTMB has unilaterally assumed authority for complex school curriculum decisions that are best determined at the state level and by the state legal authorities and departments that regulate post-secondary and vocational education," he said. "Serious concerns have been raised within the massage profession that question the validity of the NCETMB, its quality, and its acceptance within the profession."4
Sweeney's article raises yet another issue. "Should the new [NCBTMB] requirements be adopted in late 2004 or early 2005, it is highly likely that many massage school graduates and enrolled students would be in the midst of a program that would not qualify them for the national certification examinations - [which is] especially problematic in the regulated states where the NCE has been established as a requirement to practice."3
However, the new exam criteria will only apply to massage students who begin their programs on or after June 1, 2005, while students entering massage school prior to the date of implementation will be evaluated under NCBTMB's current eligibility criteria; moreover, practicing massage therapists ineligible to take the exam under either criteria can continue to utilize NCBTMB's portfolio review process, which assesses relevant training and work experience to establish exam eligibility.2
Massage Today will publish relevant updates as they become available. For more information about the NCBTMB, visit www.ncbtmb.com.
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