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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
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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