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Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
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.
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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