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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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