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Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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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