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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.
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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