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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Updating Texas Massage Legislation
By Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, CCMT
In September 2002, the Texas Association of Massage Therapists' (TAMT) Legislative Committee Chairperson, Brooks Kasson, invited an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) representative to begin the formation of a coalition to work on changes in Texas' massage therapy law, rules and regulations.The mission statement was to ensure the health, safety and welfare of Texas massage therapists and their clients through diligent representation before all regulatory agencies, and to develop and initiate legislation that serves the mission of the TAMT. Our goal was to change the law to improve massage therapy education in Texas, so that massage therapists are more prepared for professional practice, and to change the testing procedures.
This collaborative effort expanded to form the Texas Legislative Coalition and today includes nonbiased stakeholders from all facets of the massage industry. Along with the TAMT and AMTA, representatives from Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), the Texas Coalition of Massage Schools and Instructors (TCMSI), Massage and Bodywork Educators Alliance (MBEA), and community college massage therapy programs, as well as small clinic owners and spa/relaxation massage therapists have attended these meetings.
Each representative was asked to poll their membership regarding the current needs and concerns of massage therapists throughout the state. The coalition was able to identify the following major concerns in the current system, and then prioritize what needed legislative and/or administrative changes:
It was concluded that the majority of the above-mentioned issues could be solved legislatively by increasing the number of educational hours. Representatives from the Texas Department of Health have been invited to join this coalition and discuss the changes needed.
The following proposal for changes to the requirements for massage therapists will be addressed at the next meeting:
With the above changes, the grandfathering of all current registered massage therapists will be automatic. Effective January 1, 2005, the state registration renewals will extend to a two-year period with a continuing education requirement of 12 hours instead of six hours. Registration is also currently available via the Internet. The massage schools will have two years from the date of enactment to adapt their programs to the new requirements; therefore, if the law goes into effect in September 2005, schools will have until September 2007 to comply.
The wording in the new law will give school owners more flexibility in developing their programs to specialize, and/or offer diversity in the options available for their students. When these proposals are accepted, if a student applies for registration on or after September 1, 2007, the applicant will be required to complete a 500-hour program. Current massage therapists will not have to do anything to comply with the new rules, except keep their registration current. There is only a one-year grace period for any lapse in registration, even though there will be a two-year registration period.
The Texas Legislative Coalition welcomes your comments and questions. Please contact us at .
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