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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
What Are My Choices?
CEU Courses, Colleges, Education
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on CEU courses, colleges and education choices.
Acquired Touch: Acquired Touch - NCBTMB providers - presents seminars on DVD with Elaine Calenda, Al Eckhardt and Michelle Howard, an education team with over 30 years' experience. These professionally filmed seminars make it fun and easy to learn and earn continuing education units. Phone: 303-678-0367; Web: www.acquiredtouch.com.
Advanced School of Massage Therapy: We offer 300-, 200- and 100-hour certification courses, and our weekends are always full of different workshops. In most of our programs you can pick your own advanced classes. We pride ourselves in having small class sizes with an average of 12 students per class. This facilitates high quality learning with emphasis on one-on-one instruction. We also offer massage therapy to the public. Phone: 805-495-1353; Web: www.asmt.net.
American Medical Massage Association: The AMMA provides its members with a variety of programs, products and services, including continuing education and curriculum development for schools that offer medical massage training programs. Phone: 888-375-7245; Web: www.americanmedicalmassage.com.
AZ Institute of Thai & Oriental Massage: Traditional Thai massage, 30 hour intensive. Includes a video and workbook. NCBTMB approved provider for continuing education. Upcoming 2005 dates are: Jan. 24-28; March 21-25; May 23-27; Sept.19-23; Dec. 5-9. Phone: 480-644-8817; Web: www.massagethai.com.
Bastyr University: Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. Founded in 1978 to train naturopathic physicians, Bastyr has evolved into a multidisciplinary university for serious study in a broad range of natural health sciences. Phone: 425-823-1300; Web: www.bastyr.edu.
Blue Heron Academy: Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative health care and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their careers and their lives. Phone: 888-285-9989; Web: www.blueheronacademy.com.
Body Therapy Associates: Pre- and Perinatal massage therapy 32-hour certification developed by Carole Osborne-Sheets. Move far beyond basic maternity massage adaptation. Learn over 80 advanced techniques that enhance pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women's comfort and health. Gain competency and confidence, and become a maternity massage therapy specialist. Carole and her instructors bring warmth, academic excellence, and three decades of somatic wisdom to these courses. CEU approved by various agencies; scheduled worldwide. Phone: 800-586-8322; Web: www.bodytherapyassociates.com.
Boulder College of Massage Therapy: Boulder College of Massage Therapy is an NCBTMB-approved provider of continuing education. BCMT offers the following certificates through its Advanced Bodywork Studies program: Art of Zen; Spa Elements; Prenatal, Labor, Postpartum; Ortho and Sports; Energy Healing; Canine Massage. We also offer a wide variety of individual continuing education courses that will keep you current with trends and engage you in new areas of exploration. Phone: 800-442-5131; E-mail: ; Web: www.bcmt.org.
Brian Utting School of Massage: Approved by NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. The school strives to provide training and support that enhances the skills and experience of massage therapists. Most of our courses require that you are a licensed health care provider. The school's 1000-hour professional massage licensing program starts every 8 months. Phone: 800-842-8731; E-mail: ; Web: www.busm.edu.
CEUonline: Continuing education provider for acupuncturist, massage therapist, and nursing. We offer home studies that can be ordered online. Phone: 239-495-8282; Web: www.ceuonline.org.
China Studies: China Studies is an educational organization established to offer educational tours to China. We offer programs in Acupuncture, TCM, herbal studies, tui na massage, acupressure and Feng Shui. All of our programs can qualify one for Continuing Education Units for TCM doctors, registered nurses and massage therapists. Phone: 800-551-2482; E-mail: ; Web: www.chinastudies.com.
Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy: Dedicated exclusively to teaching massage therapy since 1980. New programs begin every January, May and September with flexible schedules. Accredited by COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation). Financial aid available for those qualified. Selected courses approved for college credit at Charter Oak State College. Advanced studies programs available. CCMT is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. Phone: 860-282-CCMT; E-mail: ; Web: www.ccmt.com.
Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy: Private massage school offering 300-, 600- and 1000-hour massage training programs and many continuing education seminars. Our specialties include aromatherapy and spa services, lymph drainage massage and deep tissue massage. Located in beautiful Palm Springs, Calif., with a satellite in Palm Desert. Convenient payment plans and reasonable fees; students can take only the classes they need for licensing in their area. Phone: 800-270-1175; E-mail: ; Web: www.somatherapy.com.
European Massage Therapy Institute: is approved by the Texas Department of Health, the regulating agency for massage therapy in Texas, to offer both a 300-hour basic massage therapy course and a wide variety of continuing education courses that are required for yearly registration renewal. Phone: 800-458-5440; E-mail: ; Web: www.emtisite.com.
Healing Arts School for Massage Therapy: Healing Arts School provides a supportive atmosphere that integrates the mind, body and spirit while promoting learning, challenge and growth in students. Students receive training in a wide variety of modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofascial, Energy Work, Reiki, Pranic Healing and have ongoing access to continuing education in these and related specialties, giving them both a breadth and depth of knowledge and skill. Phone: 866-647-8080; E-mail: ; Web: www.hacmassage.com.
Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: provides massage professionals with more than 30 exciting, Category "A", continuing education, home study programs. Affordable, convenient and comprehensive, these valuable programs are taught by nationally recognized experts. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Free resource guide available. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.org.
International Palmtherapy Association (IPTA): Increase your business. Rapidly remove specific emotional pains through the stimulation of lines and areas in the palms of the hands. Call for a FREE videotape and information. Join our next exciting seminar on March 7-11, 2005, in Las Vegas. 40-hour, 5-day Palmtherapy certification program is registered with the State of California and approved (meets/exceeds) for continuing-education hours by ABMP and AMTA. Instructor Moshe Zwang, ND, author of Palm Therapy: Program Your Mind Through Your Palms. Phone: 661-944-4909; Web: www.palmtherapy.com.
JORBA Seminars: delivers a comprehensive educational package for massage therapists and acupuncturists in state of the art conferences that are all inclusive, career building experiences. Our events are about professional growth and hands-on education, with opportunities for professionals to network, develop skills, and build their practices. They feature the best speakers, achievers, continuing education opportunities, and products. Tailored to you - your needs, your profession, and your future. Phone: 888-730-3428; E-mail: ; Web: www.jorbaseminars.com.
Massage Therapy Training Institute: Our sole purpose is to provide you with the curriculum, instructors, and educational facilities to help you to achieve your career and personal growth goals. At MTTI, you will learn more than massage technique - you will learn to become a healing arts professional. MTTI offers programs in Massage Therapy, Wellness Consulting and Energy Healing, as well as the largest selection of NCBTMB Approved CEUs in the Kansas City area. Phone: 866-443-9140; E-mail: ; Web: www.massagetherapytraininginstitute.com.
Massage Video Sales: Earn your CEUs in the comfort of your own office or home with the convenience of your own scheduling for a fraction of the cost of live seminars. We offer home study courses in pregnancy, infant, fibromyalgia, cranial sacral, neuromuscular, oriental floor shiatsu and Thai yoga, ethics, HIV, and many more. We are approved through the NCBTMB, Florida, Nebraska, and accepted in most states, the AMTA and ABMP. Phone: 866-328-9703; E-mail: ; Web: www.massagevideosales.com.
New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts: The Academy is proud to have been offering the finest education in bodywork for more than 20 years. Our carefully selected faculty, each of whom is dedicated to offering the highest quality education in bodywork and year round continuing education courses, add up to perhaps the finest professional bodywork training available in the country. Programs include: Ortho-Bionomy(r), Wholistic Massage, Somatic(r) Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Hakomi for Bodyworkers(r), Trager(r) and Thai Massage. Phone: 888-808-5188; E-mail: ; Web: www.nmhealingarts.org.
Omeri: Whitney Lowe is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on pain & injury assessment and treatment. Practitioners seeking to improve their skills in medical or orthopedic massage know that Whitney Lowe's products and seminars are superb. Lowe excels in translating complicated material into useable, practical information available for daily use in the massage clinic. Phone: 888-360-1614; E-mail: ; Web: www.omeri.com.
PetMassage Training and Research Institute: PetMassage(tm) is unique among animal massage forms. By applying variations of traditional massage, acupressure, positional release, Healing Touch and animal communication, PetMassage(tm) teaches you to support your animals in their bodies, minds and spirits. This is a skill that most pets' owners can learn. It is not "alternative" therapy. It does not take the place of proper veterinary care. Pet massage is "complementary" animal healthcare. There is an exciting future for those who learn to practice it professionally. We offer training and materials for both home study and in-house workshops. These items can be purchased as part of a complete package of course materials or can be purchased separately. Approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education provider under Category A, AMTA, ABMP, and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). Phone: 800-779-1001; E-mail: ; Web: www.petmassage.com.
Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT)®: We offer continuing education in the Muscle Release TechniqueSM modality. The Muscle Release TechniqueSM is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the Muscle Release TechniqueSM scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 303-674-7948; E-Mail: ; Web: www.mrtherapy.com.
School of Shiatsu and Massage: is the premier learning center for aquatic and land bodywork therapies and the home of Watsu(r) (water shiatsu). In addition to traditional massage training, SSM offers unique and innovative water modality certification programs. Tuition includes room and board as well as access to Harbin Hot Springs. Phone: 707-987-3801; E-mail: www.mrtherapy.com; Web: www.learnwatsu.com.
Serenity Now! Massage Therapy, Inc: Hands hurt? In three days (25 CEUs) you can be trained to give an entire posterior routine using your feet. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy will allow you to give the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet while reducing stress and strain to your body at the same time. As seen in Massage Therapy Journal, Massage & Bodyworks Magazine, Massage Magazine, CNN, Discovery Health, Outside Magazine, Self, Health and Allure. Phone: 800-504-1990; E-mail: ; Web: www.serenitydenver.com.
Tai Chi Massage: Devotes time to the massage therapist by using principles of Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient Oriental system for self-defense and health, in order to perform more effective massage techniques without strain. The Tai Chi approach can be helpful for the massage therapist when working at the therapy table to address proper bodymechanics, posture, breath and mental focus. It encourages better balance and coordination, and increased joint flexibility and strength. Phone: 207- 582-7491; E-mail: ; Web: www.taichimassage.com.
Texas Association of Massage Therapists: presents 5th Annual Convention and Trade Show, "Legislative Awareness" February 18-19 at the Marriott Austin Airport South, Texas. Keynote Speaker: David Kent. Additional Speakers: David Lauterstein, Janine Ray, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Michael Critz, Rosario Perez-Garza. Earn up to 12 CE hours. Pre-Registration ends January 19th - members: $150.00; non-members: $250.00. Register same day - members: $175.00; non-members: $275.00. Phone: 800-809-9970; E-mail: ; Web: www.texasmassagetherapists.com.
Transsage Trainings: Offering Category "A" continuing education units in Transsage and Hot Stone Massage. Transsage is a revolutionary modality that incorporates the mind within a bodywork session. Intention setting, guided imagery, progressive deep relaxation, and subconscious reinforcement are merged with almost any type of massage or bodywork to create powerful results. 45 credit hours are available with this technique. Hot Stone classes offer 6 credits. Phone: 888-999-1068; E-mail: ; Web: www.transsage.com.
Zen Gate Chiatsu Institute for Asian Bodywork: offers Zen Shiatsu training with Matthew Sweigart, CI. 45-hour basic course, 150-hour practitioner certificate, and 600-hour national certification available. Continuing education credits certified by AOBTA and NCBTMB for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Six-day and weekend intensive trainings are now being held at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Teacher training offered for qualified professionals. Phone: 530-546-7200; Web: www.zengatechiatsu.com.
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