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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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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