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News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
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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