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News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
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!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
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.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
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."
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
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 Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Profession From the Medical Massage National Certification Board
By Lori Rolen
I support and encourage the development of a standard of education and experience in the practice of medical massage. My massage practice is in California, and I have been working with medical professionals in my community for several years.I believe I have been able to earn a level of respect, but it has taken time. In the last year, several "massage practices" in my community have been investigated and closed down. Arrests were made and the media coverage was huge. When I attend a lecture or debate with medical professionals, there are always questions, and yes, even jokes about those businesses. There are also many spas in my community, which offer a host of services that are considered massage. Most of these services are very different from the treatment received in my practice. I am often frustrated that there is not a clear distinction between my education, experience and practice, and those of the businesses down the street. Not only is the medical community confused, but according to some of the phone messages I receive, the public is also confused. In your quest for respect and recognition, how will you tell the public that you possess special skills and knowledge? How will you ensure that you are a professional that the medical community can trust with their patients?
The burden is on us to prove our value. Certifications are offered as evidence of distinction in a vast number of industries and professions. Many of our profession's excellent educators offer certification upon course completion. Some certificates are awarded based on class hours attended, while others are awarded upon demonstration of comprehension. The accumulation of certificates may be impressive, but where is the distinction for the quality of continued education? Certificates earned for advanced education with a basis in anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessment, medical documentation, pharmacology and the like, are far different from certificates earned for advanced education in reflexology or aromatherapy. The Medical Massage National Certification Board (MMNCB) believes that the medical massage therapist has a desire to distinguish him/herself and will ultimately be required to validate his/her knowledge and experience. Establishing a standard through a credible certification process positions massage therapists working in the medical arena for required regulation.
Most professionals prefer to set their own standards rather than be held to standards set by a governmental agency. Massage therapists are better equipped to encourage massage therapists to enhance their skills and gain recognition and credibility. We possess the knowledge, skills, expertise and "intellectual property" that are needed to develop a standard for our profession. When a profession regulates itself, it also retains the right and authority to revoke its credential from certificants who fail to comply with the established standards. The model for setting, measuring and enforcing such a standard should be established by massage therapists. The MMNCB has established an exam to evaluate and document the education and experience of therapists who have continued their education well beyond the 150-hour minimum requirements.
The MMNCB exam was developed to evaluate the level of education in MET, manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, orthopedic assessment, documentation, medical terminology, etc. Documentation of work experience is required in order to qualify to take the exam. For therapists who have a desire to work in the medical environment, this is an important distinction. MMNCB is in the process of being accredited by the same national agency that accredits the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). It is a lengthy process of review. We need to be able to prove our credibility. The MMNCB does not recognize any specific educational agency. Educators are encouraged to submit documentation of their educational process for review by committee and will be recognized as "recommended providers" if they meet the established standard. We will continue to work toward instilling confidence in the medical community and the public.
The MMNCB recognizes that not all therapists desire to work within the medical community. We are not suggesting that the MMNCB exam become a standard for all therapists. We have no desire to compete with the NCBTMB. Our desire is to work with other organizations and professional leaders to protect our ability to minister to those suffering individuals who cannot afford or will choose not to seek care outside of their insurance benefits. The MMNCB believes that this certification process will define and validate a standard of excellence and distinction of skills and knowledge for our profession and a level of trust for the public we serve.
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