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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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
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 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.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
Massachusetts Passes Massage Legislation
Legislature overrides governor’s veto; state becomes the 37th to license massage therapists.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The legislative process can be an arduous one at best, often taking years to get an agenda advanced beyond committee.On June 27, 2006, the massage community in Massachusetts breathed a sigh of relief and took a victory lap as it became the 37th state to enact massage therapy regulation.
The Massachusetts House and Senate both voted to override Gov. Mitt Romney's veto of S.B.2258 to pass the bill, which creates a new state board to regulate Massachusetts' estimated 5,000 massage therapists. The new legislation requires massage therapists to meet certain educational or "hands on" experience requirements in order to be licensed to practice in the state. As the current law stands, the process of regulation is left up to the local boards of health. As of press time, S.B.2258 is set to become law in 90 days, effective in late September 2006.
In section 98 (a), the bill states, "There shall be within the division of professional licensure, a board of registration of massage therapy. The board shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the governor for terms of [three] years. The members appointed shall be residents of the commonwealth, three of whom shall be licensed massage therapists who have been actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy in the commonwealth for at least five years immediately before their appointments; one of whom shall be a health agent, board member or other health professional employed by or elected to a municipal board of health within the commonwealth; one of whom shall be an individual who is actively engaged in the operation of a licensed massage school; and two of whom shall be consumers who are familiar with the massage therapy field."
The duties of the board include adopting "rules and regulations governing the licensure of massage therapists, the practice of massage therapy and the operation of massage schools to promote public health, welfare and safety of citizens of the commonwealth, to establish standards for continuing education reflecting acceptable national standards and to investigate complaints, conduct inspections, review billing and treatment records and set and administer penalties as defined ... for fraudulent, deceptive or professionally incompetent and unsafe practices and for violations of rules and regulations promulgated by the board."
The bill also authorizes the board to make public a list of licensed massage therapists, as well as to publish a code of ethics. The bill spells out several definitions regarding the profession and defines massage as "the systematic treatment of the soft tissues of the body by the use of pressure, friction, stroking, percussion, kneading, vibration by manual or mechanical means, range of motion for purposes of demonstrating muscle excursion or muscle flexibility and nonspecific stretching. Massage therapy may include the use of oil, ice, hot and cold packs, tub, shower, steam, dry heat or cabinet baths, in which the primary intent is to enhance or restore the health and well-being of the client." The bill also defines what massage is not: "Massage therapy shall not include diagnosis, the prescribing of drugs or medicines, spinal or other joint manipulations, nor any services or procedures for which a license to practice medicine, chiropractic, occupational therapy, physical therapy or podiatry is required by law."
A licensed massage school is defined as "a facility which is licensed by the board after meeting minimum standards for training and curriculum." A massage therapist or practitioner is defined as "a person licensed by the board who instructs or administers massage or massage therapy for compensation."
S.B.2258 does make provisions for current practitioners. Therapists currently working in the state, have until approximately April 30, 2008, to qualify for a license under the grandfathering provision established within the bill. Current practitioners will be required to complete an application, pay all necessary licensing fees, provide proof of liability insurance and satisfy one of the following additional requirements:
However, licenses will not be issued until a board is appointed and rules are drafted. New massage therapy practitioners must satisfy the following requirements in order to qualify for licensure:
Other practitioners will be exempt from the regulations spelled out in S.B.2258, as long as they do not hold themselves out to be massage therapists. Exemptions include anyone who uses touch, words or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or qi meridians of the human body, while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics; such services will not be designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. The practices covered in the above exemption include, but are not limited to, the Feldenkrais method, reflexology, the Trager approach, ayurvedic therapies, Rolf structural integration, polarity or polarity therapy, polarity therapy bodywork, Asian bodywork therapy that does not constitute massage as defined, acupressure, jin shin do, qi gong, tui na, shiatsu, body-mind centering and reiki. Exempt practitioners who fall under the above guidelines may use the terms "bodywork," bodyworker" and "bodywork therapist."
Massachusetts massage therapists interested in applying for an appointment to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy within the Division of Professional Licensure can send a resume and cover letter specifying the board of interest to:
To view the text of S.B.2258, visit the Web page for the 184th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at www.mass.gov/legis/legis.htm.
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