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Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
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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