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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
News in Brief
By Editorial Staff
More Massage for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Students in the massage therapy program at Western College in Cerritos, Calif., are the latest to "lend their hands" to the cast and crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE).The students arrived at the demolition site with tables and chairs, Feb. 17, 2005, and quickly got to work giving massages, while occasionally taking some time out to joke with the show's cast and crew members, Michael Moloney (interiors/glamour) and Ed Sanders (construction), and team leader, Ty Pennington, who was treated to a table massage by student Precious Harris.
"It was a wonderful experience for the students and instructors to see transformation about to happen for two families..." said a Western College press release. "It was exciting...knowing that we [were] able to give back or help individuals in need." The show, which profiled the Leomiti and Higgins families, aired March 27.
Student volunteers included Phillishia Addison, Michele Ayala, Angela Campos, Daniel Cobarrubio, Precious Harris, Ralph Meza and Antone Murray. Massage therapy instructor Lance Followell and Program Director Cindy Castro supervised.
Massage Industry Professionals Gather to Discuss Education Standards
On March 12, 2005, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) hosted a meeting to discuss developing baseline education standards for the massage therapy profession. Invited to the event by AMTA were representatives from 15 AMTA chapters, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and several AMTA Council of School members, including Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Downeast School of Massage, Muscular Therapy Institute, Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Health Works Institute, Georgia Career Institute and Lakeside School of Massage Therapy.
According to a press release issued by the AMTA, the meeting was the result of previous discussions with the NCBTMB, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and other USDE-recognized accrediting agencies. Meeting attendees ultimately determined that there is "no thorough, comprehensive scope of practice for the field and that the body of knowledge needed to practice is not consistent or articulated.
"Based on a consensus of the group," the AMTA press release said, "AMTA's Board of Directors agreed that AMTA will serve as the catalyst for a larger industry meeting designed to develop a plan for the creation of a massage therapy body of knowledge, to include core terminology, scope of practice and baseline competencies."
According to a separate press release issued by COMTA, the discussion "represented a call to action for COMTA to make the standards and accreditation process more accessible and user friendly."
Although COMTA concedes in its press release that "It is true schools do not necessarily need accreditation to do a great job of educating future massage and bodywork practitioners," it concluded that "schools may choose to engage in the personal and professional development offered through a formalized supportive process and a method for promoting quality assurance to potential students and their future clients, which is the foundation for accreditation."
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