resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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 IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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 to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
COMTA Questions AMTA's Knowledge Initiative Methods
By Editorial Staff
In March, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) hosted a meeting to discuss developing baseline massage therapy education standards, where it was ultimately determined that no comprehensive scope of practice or consistent body of knowledge needed to practice massage therapy currently exists (News in Brief, June 2005.www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/06/14.html). As a result, the AMTA announced it would "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." The project has since become known as the ATMA Professional Knowledge Initiative.
Following the March meeting, the AMTA issued a motion to establish guidelines in relation to the development of the Knowledge Initiative. Among several points listed in the motion, three key points included the following: 1) "Schools are graduating unevenly trained massage therapists," 2) "There is no consensus about education standards within the profession," and 3) "There is no thorough, comprehensive scope of practice for the field. Body of Knowledge is not consistent or articulated." The motion also states that the "AMTA, in collaboration with key stakeholders, will provide resources necessary to support this initiative," and lists several "Guiding Principles" that specify, among other things, that an initial meeting consisting of key stakeholders should take place by Aug. 2005; that such stakeholders will formulate the project team and include the AMTA, AMTA practitioners and school members, the NCBTMB, COMTA and the Massage Therapy Foundation; and that the project team will report its findings related to the timeframe, process and estimated costs by Sept. 2005.
In May, COMTA issued a press release in response to AMTA's motion in which it respectfully declined AMTA's invitation to participate in the Knowledge Initiative meeting, citing several concerns: "Although we applaud AMTA's Professional Knowledge Initiative, COMTA cannot participate for the following reasons: 1) AMTA is excluding key stakeholders from the meeting, thereby potentially further fragmenting a field the AMTA itself sees as without a center, 2) developing a comprehensive statement of knowledge areas and levels of expertise is not something that can be done by August or September 2005 if a thoughtful and participative process is to be engaged in, and 3) AMTA's coordination of the event; it may be perceived that ATMA will control the event in light of the exclusion of several key parties."
COMTA's press release further indicated it supports the inclusion of all key stakeholders in the Knowledge Initiative meeting and that there exists a need "to better define who those stakeholders are. If all relevant stakeholders are not invited to the table, no common ground will be found," the release continued. "If the allied but independent agencies (all of which are born of AMTA) are assumed to have some role in developing competencies for the profession and are included as relevant stakeholders, the unspoken assumption is that these organizations will support AMTA's view of the profession...and serve as a rubber stamp for any AMTA-driven outcome of this meeting."
When asked for its response to COMTA's concerns, AMTA President Mary Beth Braun issued the following statement, "The meeting and subsequent correspondence provided initial input from key stakeholders (e.g. NCBTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation, and COMTA). We are using that information to research more fully how the broader discussion can move forward. We will continue to seek the input of these stakeholders and others to help determine our next steps in this area. We also will make this information available to key stakeholders when the broader dialog takes shape. We can't speak for COMTA, but understand their perspectives on their level of involvement in this process."
Massage Today will report on the AMTA's Professional Knowledge Initiative as updates become available.
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