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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
USDE Approves Accreditation Program
By Editorial Staff
Although the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) has been approving massage therapy programs for at least a decade, it recently received formal United States Department of Education (USDE)-approval to accredit massage therapy programs, as well.
In May 2003, the USDE approved NACCAS under the condition that NACCAS adjust its accreditation process to include requirements specific to the massage therapy profession.In May 2004, "the National Advisory Committee in Institutional Quality and Integrity [NACIQI] found that NACCAS had made all of the adjustments requested," said a memo to Massage Today from NACCAS Government Relations & Legal Department Director Mary E. Bird.1
"NACCAS showed that [its] bylaws had been amended so qualified massage school owners and practitioners could be nominated for positions on the board of commissioners..." the memo said. "NACCAS also showed that it is developing a cadre of qualified evaluators who are massage practitioners, and that one is on every team evaluating a school which offers massage programs."
The memo further indicated that NACCAS massage-practitioner evaluators and curriculum specialists would review massage therapy programs that are added to school curriculum between accreditation visits.1
ABMP President Bob Benson supported NACCAS' bid for USDE recognition. In a statement he made before the NACIQI, Benson indicated that, "Massage programs benefit from having accrediting choices. Accrediting entities are forced to hone their programs to be knowledgeable, well-organized, customer service focused, and affordable."2
Speaking for the ABMP, Benson also outlined his organization's position on massage-program accreditation: "Our views on accreditation...can be captured in three sentences:
However, a letter from American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) President Laurel J. Freeman to USDE Accreditation and State Liaison Carol Griffiths, expresses doubt over NACCAS' ability to effectively oversee and accredit massage therapy programs.
"In response to the requirements of [NACCAS]...acceptance," the letter said, "NACCAS began developing standards for massage education. To do so they had to request outside assistance. We remain concerned about both their level of expertise in massage therapy education and their commitment to our profession...On behalf of [AMTA's] stakeholders, we oppose approval to the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences to accredit massage therapy programs," the letter concluded.3
Despite AMTA's opposition, the USDE now enjoys "full official USDE recognition for accreditation of massage programs...."1
For more information, visit NACCAS Web site at www.naccas.org.
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