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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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