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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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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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