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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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