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5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
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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