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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
AMTA and ABMP: Two Associations Compared
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) are the two primary professional associations serving the massage and bodywork industry.Massage Today routinely gets phone calls from massage therapists asking about these organizations.
Recently, Massage Today examined both associations' membership statistics and benefits. Information is derived from each association's respective Web site, as well as from interviews with Ron Precht, AMTA communications manager, and Bob Benson, ABMP president.
American Massage Therapy Association
First organized in 1943 with 29 members, the AMTA has enjoyed years of steady growth. In addition to its national headquarters in Evanston, Ill., the AMTA has chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The association, governed by a member-elected national board of directors, aims to support massage therapists and bodyworkers through several means, including research; public awareness and education; legislative efforts; educational events and conferences; and other resources. As of April 2005, the AMTA boasted over 52,000 members in the following categories (figures rounded off):
According to Ron Precht, AMTA communications manager, the association began phasing out its associate and student-associate membership categories in December 2004. AMTA members in massage school now are classified in the student membership category, while all others (school members and supporting members notwithstanding) fall into the professional membership category. "Supporting members," according to Precht, "are those individuals that do not practice massage therapy, but are interested in promoting massage and supporting AMTA locally and nationally."
AMTA professional membership costs $235 (plus the state chapter fee) per year. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum of 500 approved educational hours, possess a current massage license in a regulated state or be certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Student membership costs $79 plus the state chapter fee per year. Student membership applicants must be enrolled in an eligible entry-level massage therapy program.
Depending on the membership category, some benefits include professional and general liability insurance - $6 million aggregate coverage per year, and up to $2 million in coverage per single occurrence; a locator listing; election privileges and leadership opportunities; use of the AMTA logo; a membership certificate and card; a subscription to the Massage Therapy Journal, a quarterly massage magazine published by the AMTA; and various other resources.
For more information about AMTA membership, please visit www.amtamassage.org.
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
The ABMP was founded in 1987 by a single massage therapist and has experienced significant growth over the past two decades. The organization, based out of Evergreen, Colo., actively is involved in all aspects of the massage therapy community and works on behalf of its members by offering professional support, educational resources and legislative advocacy and updates.
Depending on the membership level, benefits include professional, general and product liability insurance, with combined coverage up to $9 million aggregate per year and $1 million to $2 million in coverage per occurrence; a subscription to Massage and Bodywork magazine, published by the ABMP six times a year; copies of the Successful Business Handbook and Touch Resource Guide; insurance and ethics certificates; membership identification; an insurance guide; and various other resources. Other publications offered by the ABMP include Body Sense magazine (published twice annually), Skin Deep magazine, Massage Marketplace, and Different Strokes, a bimonthly member newsletter. As of April 2005, ABMP cited over 54,000 members in the following categories:
ABMP's offerings are unique in that membership also is extended to skin care professionals. Massage therapists who also qualify as skin care professionals maintain their memberships under whichever massage category they choose. Specialized and noninsured members, similar to AMTA's "supporting members," are either inactive, nonpracticing therapists or other parties interested in the massage industry.
To be eligible for ABMP membership at the certified or professional levels, applicants must possess a valid massage license from a regulated state, have completed 500 approved educational hours, or be certified through the NCBTMB. Those in possession of a nursing or physical therapy license may qualify for membership at either the certified or professional level with a minimum of 50 hours of additional massage therapy training. All applicants must maintain 16 hours of continuing education every two years.
The practitioner level of membership differs from the professional level only in terms of eligibility. This level is offered to therapists practicing in unregulated states who have a minimum of 100 approved educational hours. Certified membership costs $229 per year, while professional and practitioner memberships each cost $199 per year. The skin care professional membership (non-massage therapist) costs $229 per year. ABMP membership costs have not increased since the organization's inception.
For more information on ABMP membership, please visit www.abmp.com.
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