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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Massage Today Readers Share Thoughts on NCBTMB Changes
By Editorial Staff
Correction: In the October 2004 printed version of Massage Today, the results of this poll were inverted and thus reported incorrectly. The following reflects the correct poll results.We apologize for the error.
In July, we reported that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is making changes to its current national certification system in June 2005, including updating content on the national certification examination; creating a new national exam focusing exclusively on massage therapy; and implementing new eligibility criteria to take both exams. (Read story at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/07/01.html.)
We asked readers to take an informal poll voicing their opinions about the changes. The following poll results are based on 91 responses, followed by a few comments made by those who took the survey. The complete listing of voter comments can be accessed online at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/ncbtmb_poll.html. Comments have been edited for space and clarity. This is a voluntary, nonscientific poll; therefore, caution should be used in generalizing the results.
Yes: As more people are looking to massage as a healing modality, we as professionals should be prepared to meet those concerns. Who is challenging the schools to increase curriculum? No one, and the states are not pushing these schools, since they do not receive federal funding. Some schools are in it for the money, not the integrity of the profession.
No: I believe the NCB is pushing its own agenda about what the massage profession should be. By increasing the number of hours of anatomy and physiology, and adding 40 hours of pathology to the required curriculum, it is leaning toward medical massage, which may not be the direction many massage therapists want to go. It is also making decisions about curriculum based on a small sample number of massage therapists polled. I own a massage therapy school in New Mexico and the questions I get from graduates are mostly about how to deal with inappropriate clients or ethical questions. Requiring only 10 hours of ethics and business in the curriculum does not adequately prepare our students to deal with the real world issues they will be facing.
No: The NCB has assumed areas of influence that go beyond its authority. In effect, it is dictating content of school curriculum without the consent or participation of school owners. The NCB does not appear to be seeking feedback from anyone outside its own organization. This approach does not serve the best interests of bodyworkers or the public.
No: I had to read the article twice to verify that the NCB is basing these regulations on a poll of 500 therapists. That number hardly represents a significant percentage of professionals in this industry. If the NCB runs a proper survey (i.e., with larger participation) the results might be a better indicator of what an entry-level therapist should have.
No: These new requirements make sense to me. How will the new requirements make better therapists? I have worked with therapists who were very skilled that were not able to pass the exam, and I have worked with therapists who passed the exam that I would not allow to touch me again. And why take a national exam if I cannot work in any state? Until this is addressed, I do not believe in the exam and do not support it.
Yes: I support advancements in certification; however, I worry that without an increase in massage therapy education from the basic eight-month program in most states, we will continue to struggle educating our medical partners - physical therapists, chiropractors and medical doctors - toward the further acceptance of massage therapy in mainstream health care.
Yes & No: The yes part - Requiring 160 hours in the sciences is a good thing if they are taught well and the material is relevant to bodyworkers. The more knowledge students have in musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology, the better, as long as it is balanced with the hands-on aspects of bodywork training. The no part - The NCB should not determine the curriculum for massage schools (It is doing so, unilaterally.) Its power grows, along with a new and confusing alphabet soup of tests. What a confusing mess. Not only must schools scramble to re-do curriculum, states and jurisdictions will soon be faced with figuring out which test is appropriate.
I would suggest strongly that the NCB work on its current test and get it right before moving on to the next project. Some of its current questions are inaccurate; others confusing; some amazingly simple; a few incomprehensively difficult; and a few questions promote modalities.
One of the questions I had to answer when I took the test:
There is no right answer to the above question; it was chosen to promote a stretching modality.
My friend, who had a nearly perfect score on the exam, responded to the NCB "call" at the end of the test for volunteers to serve the organization in shaping future tests and so forth. He was never contacted, which indicates just how closed this organization is to input from other members of the profession.
Yes: As is true in other health care professions, massage therapy needs to have a recognized, legally defensible national credential, which demonstrates entry-level textual competence. That the NCB is engaged in an ongoing, self-evaluative process, and responding to the demonstrated needs of its stakeholders and the profession at large is to its credit. School owners have a responsibility to their students (and to the general public) to evaluate and redesign their curriculum to meet the evolving demands of the profession. Failing to do so solely for commercial concern is inexcusable.
Those institutions that meet and exceed the emerging needs of their professional aspirants will be rewarded in the marketplace. Those that do not will collapse under the weight of their greed. The NCB is still the best barometer of the state of our art and will continue to be as long as it remains committed to objective analyses and pro-activity.
No: When any field gets too restrictive about requirements, it tends to signal a decrease in creativity in the field. Check out the American Medical Association if you have any doubts. There are many other ways truly qualified professionals can announce themselves, including posting a list of the post-graduate courses and certifications they have acquired since graduation. The client always is the best judge of the quality of the massage therapist anyway.
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