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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist, and invested money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education, and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer technique seminars to the massage therapy profession. Consider the wide range of available choices:
All Things Connected: An organization offering coaching services and seminars dedicated to helping massage therapists succeed in business, experience greater joy and satisfaction, as well as create a sense of community and support. We offer teleconference sessions led by professional coaches focused on the needs and interests of massage therapists. Topics covered range from business planning issues to financial integrity, marketing, new modalities and self-care. The schedule of sessions can be found online. Phone: 303-750-5458; E-mail: ; Web: www.thingsconnected.com.
AN-LMT: AN-LMT offers continuing education for massage therapists. The hot stone massage workshop presents hands-on learning of the most comprehensive, effective version of this incredible treatment. The spa treatment workshop teaches remarkably relaxing, nurturing wraps, scrubs and foot treatments, with or without the availability of a shower. Other classes offered at your location or ours. Phone: 800-774-1710; E-mail: .
Bayne Thomas Enterprises: Learn the lifeline technique and how to apply the lifeline principles in your life. Professionals benefit by integrating the lifeline technique into their practice. The lifeline technique is useful for professionals working in the realms of body, mind, spirit treatment and therapy. The technique is easy, powerful, and will help the practitioner quickly identify problem areas. Lifeline provides specific direction for healing remedies. Phone: 888-822-5613; Web: www.thelifelineonline.com.
Belavi Institute: Bellanina Institute offers seminars and home-study courses in the Belavi facelift massage technique for healing arts professionals, such as massage therapists, licensed estheticians and registered nurses. Additionally, the institute trains its graduates in a highly specialized five-day teacher program. Graduates of this program receive a great opportunity to teach their own facelift massage seminars. Phone: 800-belavi-4; Web: www.belavi.com.
British Sports Therapy: Soft-tissue release technique (also known as British sports therapy), created by Stuart Taws, is a unique injury treatment technique providing relief from pain in as little as one treatment. It is a specific compression while stretching. This coordinated movement is administered in a systematic manner, resulting in a profound opening effect on all microtrauma and scar tissue. Muscle memory is engaged and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 949-218-0364; Web: www.softtissuerelease.com.
Center for Pain Management: The cutting edge in orthopedic and medical massage training for the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries. Release complicated pain conditions immediately with permanent results. We now have elite-level instructors available to teach introductory orthopedic massage classes at your school, in addition to workshops, conventions and conferences. Phone: 800-643-5543; Web: www.orthomassage.net.
David Kent Seminars: All David Kent Seminars are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A. We also are approved by the State of Florida as a continuing education provider for licensed massage therapists (LMTs). Since 1993, David has been involved in providing gross anatomy dissection seminars to massage therapists at the University of South Florida. Phone: 888-574-5600; Web: www.davidkent.com.
Dr. Zee Lo Total Health Care Center: Presents more than 90 hours of CEU courses you can do at home (approved by the California board and the NCCAOM).These courses are done online or by mail order; we also offer technique seminars. This is convenient for practitioners who are too busy or don't want to waste money on traveling expenses or need their CEUs in a hurry. For more information, call Dr. Zee Lo. Phone: 415-412-9839; Web: www.ceuathome.com.
Freedom From Pain Institute: The Freedom From Pain Institute offers massage therapist education through a nationally accredited program. Use our distance learning program to learn the latest in deep-tissue massage and myoskeletal techniques - at your own pace from your home or office. Since 1998, Dalton's myoskeletal alignment techniques distance-learning program has demonstrated continual word-of-mouth success from happy massage therapists excited about adding new tools to their toolbox of touch. Phone: 800-709-5054; Web: www.erikdalton.com.
Health & Bodyworks: Learn from the first and original source of barefoot Swedish massage, using an overhead support system approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Study with the founder and her authorized team of highly skilled and committed instructors for the best one-on-one apprenticeship in the massage industry. Phone: 303-300-2511; Web: www.deepfeet.com.
Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides massage professionals with books, videos, charts and other materials for 35 convenient, affordable, Category "A" CE programs in massage technique and practice development. Nationally recognized experts teach these valuable online and home-study programs. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Call today for a free resource guide. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.com.
Integrated Energy Therapy: Integrated Energy Therapy offers intuitive energy healing classes. Students learn to identify and release suppressed emotional issues from the physical body, as well as the human energy field. CEUs are available for massage therapists. No experience necessary. Next IET training is Sept. 23, 24, & 25 on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. Participants receive all three levels of classes, plus full training materials. Phone: 208-265-3688; E-mail: .
Lake Tahoe Massage School: Lake Tahoe Massage School offers a solid foundation for the beginning therapist by combining kinesiology, anatomy & physiology, and hands-on theory and practice. Classes are designed to integrate kinesiology and A&P with hands-on application, allowing the student the opportunity to encompass all aspects of classroom learning while working on the body. Advanced programs are built upon students' basic foundation skills learned in previous classes. Phone: 530-544-1227; Web: www.laketahoemassageschool.com.
MFR Seminars: The myofascial release approach is easily learned so that you can utilize the techniques taught in class immediately upon returning to your practice. Our seminars are designed to be hands-on experiences. Discover how this truly unique approach can help you to develop the skills and confidence to provide consistent results for your patients, while revitalizing and adding fulfillment to your professional and personal life. Phone: 800-FASCIAL; Web: www.myofascialrelease.com.
Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy: The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy is the premier educational institution for massage therapists to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system. Taught by the finest and most experienced faculty in the field, students receive thorough and rigorous training in the Foeldi method of decongestive therapy, a therapeutic system regarded by the International Society of Lymphology as the gold standard for the treatment of lymphedema. Phone: 866-445-9674; Web: www.nortonschool.com.
Ohashiatsu Institute: In Japanese, Ohashi means "big bridge," and one of our goals is to create a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies toward healing. The mother school in New York and its affiliates use traditional Japanese decor to create a serene atmosphere in which to study. All instructors follow the same curriculum as the mother school, making it possible for students to follow the curriculum at several locations around the world. Phone: 800-810-4190; E-mail: ; Web: www.ohashiatsu.org.
Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy 32-Hour Certification: Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy was developed by Carole Osborne-Sheets. Move far beyond basic maternity massage adaptations. Learn over 80 advanced techniques that enhance pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women's comfort and health. Gain competency and confidence, and become a maternity massage therapy specialist. Carole and her instructors bring warmth, academic excellence, and three decades of somatic wisdom to these courses. CEU-approved by various agencies; scheduled worldwide. Phone: 800-586-8322/858-748-8827; Web: www.bodytherapyassociates.com.
Pro-Actif Spa Systems International: Pro-Actif Spa Systems is a continuing education program dedicated to the advancement of massage therapists and estheticians who want to work in the anti-aging, body-contouring end of the spa industry. Lypossage is widely used in the United States as an anti-aging, body-contouring treatment and as an adjunct to liposuction (and often instead of liposuction). Phone: 877-346-1156; E-mail: ; Web www.lypossage.net.
Ralph Stephens Seminars: Ralph Stephens, LMT, NCTMB, specializes in treating people with pain and injuries. A popular presenter at international, national, regional and state meetings. Don't miss any opportunity to study with this award-winning instructor in person at live seminars or by videotape programs. CEUs from Ralph's seminars are approved for NCBTMB, AMTA and Iowa renewals. For more information on live seminars, check out the seminar pages online. Phone: 888-570-9040; Web: www.ralphstephens.com.
Repetitive Use Injury: We offer continuing education seminars in the muscle release technique modality. The muscle release technique is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the muscle release technique, scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 303-674-7948; E-mail: ; Web: www.mrtherapy.com.
Soul Song: Soul Song is an educational institute offering training in a wide spectrum of alternative and complementary care techniques. Our president, Hallie Sawyers, is instructor for the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, N.Y., and an approved category A provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Services include classes, lectures and workshops in Reiki, therapeutic applications of essential oils, integrated energy therapy and the labyrinth. Phone: 585-967-0009; E-mail: ; Web: www.soulsong.com.
TH Stone Education & Product: TH Stone is a stone therapy product and educational source to the spa and wellness industry. We assist people in achieving their professional goals by offering innovative practical support through distance home-study courses, videos, DVDs, manuals, books and continuing education units and workshops. We also offer secure online shopping. Phone: 866-680-5149; E-mail: ; Web: www.thstone.com.
Barefoot Masters: Instructor Michelle Mace has been an LMT since 1993. Having done Ashiatsu work since 2001, she was trained by the founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, became an instructor and is one of less than a dozen instructors in the entire United States teaching Ashiatsu. Ashiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork, using the feet to give compression to the body instead of the hands. Phone: 239-352-8200; E-mail: ; Web: www.my2feet.com.
Upledger Institute, Inc.: The Upledger Institute is a health resource center dedicated to the advancement of complementary and innovative techniques. It is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services. Since 1985, patients and health care professionals have trusted our gentle therapies and benefited from our personalized solutions to better health. We offer classes throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, India, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. Phone: 800-233-5880; Web: www.upledger.com.
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