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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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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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