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Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Aiming for Consistency
AMTA government relations program strives for fair and consistent licensing nationwide.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The American Massage Therapy Association has announced the formation of a centralized government relations program, with the goal of attaining fair and consistent licensure of massage therapy nationwide.The AMTA hopes this program will help to overcome the current piecemeal system of massage therapy regulations and exemptions.
The government relations program will attempt to address what the AMTA feels is the most significant problem with professional massage therapy regulation: lack of consistency among the 36 states and the District of Columbia that currently have some form of regulation in place. States have approached regulation with a variety of solutions, including licensure, regulation without licensure or no regulation at all. Among the states that do currently have some form of regulation, there is no consistency, making it difficult for massage therapists to relocate to other states and operate successful businesses.
According to the government relations overview on the AMTA Web site, "The AMTA supports consistent massage therapy licensures tandards that encourage reciprocity between states and eventually achieve overall portability of massage therapy credentials. AMTA is working to improve the current regulatory environment through the creation of a centralized government relations strategy designed to achieve fair and consistent licensing in all states."
The first step in the AMTA strategy is to determine the "must have" and the "should have" elements in any and all baseline massage therapy practice acts. The AMTA feels these elements are necessary to provide consistency and clarity to state licensure regulations. The AMTA believes massage therapy regulations are important for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the public has the right to expect that massage therapists have the qualifications and education needed to safely and effectively care for their clients, making legal recognition and clearly-stated requirements essential to promoting the massage therapy profession and protecting the health and welfare of the general public.
The AMTA recognizes that legal recognition of massage therapy in the form of licensure creates standards of minimum competency as well as establishing a scope of practice to help consumers identify the responsibilities and services unique to a particular massage therapist. Licensure protects consumers and the state by allowing a state or jurisdiction to discipline a noncompliant massage therapist, as states cannot regulate a profession not recognized by statute.
For more information about the AMTA government relations program, including an overview of the program and why the AMTA considers regulations important, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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