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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
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.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
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By Editorial Staff
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"I agree with the AMTA's position on accreditation"
I would like to add to the discussion on accreditation for massage programs ("Massage Therapy Education Accreditation: Industry Professionals Voice Their Opinions," Dec. 2004. www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/12/02.html). I agree with the AMTA's position on accreditation. As long as all of the agencies use the same educational standards in their process, the overall goal of consistency of education in the profession will be achieved.
The problem with having different standards for education is that the potential students don't know who provides the best education, and the public is confused about the qualifications of the practitioners. The comments about accreditation not affecting curriculum or course content are true if the accrediting agency does not dictate the curriculum standards through the use of competencies. I have been involved in the accreditation process for the NATA and have seen how the implementation of competencies has boosted the level of education in the profession.
As far as higher educational costs, I would think that the administrative cost of hiring an experienced teacher would be well worth the student's investment. The only way we will elevate the profession is to have similar standards of education no matter what agency does the accrediting and have it mandatory that schools obtain accreditation.
Steve Jurch MA, ATC, LMT
"...50 percent plus tips won't look bad"
In response to Krystal Stone, LMT, (Jan. 2005, "We Get Letters & E-Mail," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/01/18.html) and others like her that don't like working for 50 percent plus tips. I suggest she open her own business then hire massage therapists to work at 70 percent or more -- plus they keep their tips! As new owner, Krystal will now be entitled to the percentage she only dreamed of before, along with the realities of having employees (who love her sense of fairness).
Krystal will now have to pay unemployment insurance state and federal, workmen's compensation, match social security and medicare payments, incur payroll expenses, which includes all the proper filing of government paperwork and yearly W-2 forms, and, of course, retaining these records. Did I mention malpractice insurance, public liability insurance, supplies, equipment for the therapists rooms, reception furniture, office supplies, etc.?
To keep her staff happy, Krystal will need a receptionist to schedule appointments and take care of the front desk duties -- and pay this person fairly, too. Fixed overhead expenses must be met, such as business lease of space, utilities and telephone. Variable expenses must be met, such as Mastercard machine and fees, client herbal teas, other refreshments, laundry and facility cleaning costs. (You can't expect the professionals to clean toilets and floors -- that is not what they went to school for.)
Advertising is a must in order to keep the staff working. Brochures should be printed, gift certificates and business cards. Is there room to negotiate health insurance or incentive packages for her staff? There are miscellaneous expenses, too: office supplies, appointment books, computer software, etc. I'm sure there are things I am forgetting, but I'll stop here and see if Krystal is now working at a 10 percent profit of her own service income, or worse, if she has provided a great business opportunity for other massage therapists, while she herself has spent all her money and long hours just to end up broke.
If Krystal has an attitude now, just wait until when she becomes the employer. I wonder what her idea of fairness will be then -- 50 percent plus tips won't look bad.
Dianne Marshall, LCA, MT
On Continuing Education
I agree with many of the points Alice Paprocki set forth in her letter complaining about the CEU requirements (Jan. 2005, "We Get Letters & E-Mail, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/01/18.html). The sticker shock from the price of workshops alone gives one pause.
However, as a massage practitioner, I must take issue with her on the matter of the need for all of us to have exposure to modalities that are not our own. As a former social worker in the public sector, I have seen what happens when professionals are not required to lift the lid from the jar on occasion. The air becomes stale, and innovation, improvement and flexibility are the casualties. We owe it to our clients and the profession to keep our minds open to new ideas; were we not required to do so, our busy lives might distract many of us from taking a look around.
Al Watkins, BSW, CMT
I am a massage therapist in Houston and have been doing massage therapy for over 30 years; the last few years I have done neuromuscular therapy exclusively. I have perfected a system that is effective for any muscular condition, particularly severe conditions that most doctors and other therapists cannot treat. I have worked extensively with chiropractors medical doctors who refer me patients when they don't know what to do with them anymore. In most cases, I can improve the conditions dramatically. I have taught seminars, trained massage therapists, worked in hospitals, and given lectures. I have contributed articles to medical and therapy journals. I have extensive knowledge of muscular anatomy.
When I first arrived in the U.S., I got my local massage therapy certificate and attended a comprehensive series of seminars, including kinesiology, sports massage, CranioSacral Therapy, neuromuscular therapy and many others. Some time ago the Texas board started a continuing education program that requires every massage therapist to attend each year in order to keep his/her license. I have taken a few six-hour classes that I found useless and elementary for the type of work I do.
I have reached the stage where I do not know what courses to take any more. Why must I spend my money for things that I already know and/or used to teach? I do not perform general massage. My patients need specific medical therapy. Can you suggest what I must do to avoid the boredom and the expense of taking continuing education classes that I do not need? Is there any provision that considers cases like mine?
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