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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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
California Massage Bill Defeated
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Maneuvering through the legislative process can be a daunting task, and after almost three years of negotiating, advocating and waiting, it seems S.B.412 finally has been defeated. The goal of S.B.412 was to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for California massage therapists.
If passed, the legislation would have reduced the many complications that continue to frustrate California massage therapists.These complications primarily are caused by the inconsistencies within California's many different current local and county regulatory systems. Instead of getting a permit from every city and/or county one might massage in, the proposed bill essentially would have created a voluntary, uniform process to certify a massage therapist's "portability" to work anywhere within the state.
In the early stages, there were many obstacles to overcome in trying to simultaneously please the different massage communities. But in the end, there was consensus in order to stand on common ground. A big obstacle finally was resolved by the creation of two separate tiers: a 250-hour educational requirement with the title "massage practitioner," and a second tier requiring 500 hours of education and use of the title "massage therapist." The other amendment debate was a grandfathering education-hour requirement, which was resolved with 500 hours after 2012 and/or the choice to not be licensed at all and just practice under the jurisdiction of the local city or county ordinances. While the process might seem simple by definition, the bill would have been the most complicated of its type in the nation.
The last debate on the floor came to a standstill as the California Chiropractic Association's lobbyists opposed the definition of "massage," including passive joint movement. The CCA had eight lobbyists on the floor insisting that, without a prescription from a medical doctor, this would be extremely dangerous to the public. (See "A Far Stretch" in the April 2006 issue or click here for the online version). When push came to shove, it seems the CCA had just enough clout to kill the bill, despite efforts from strong voices in the legislature advocating for the massage community.
Beverly May, AMTA government chair and pioneer of the California state licensing movement, said the reason behind the battle centered on the CCA "flexing its muscles" to display to its membership that the CCA still has some muscle power in Sacramento. Two therapists from the AMTA California chapter gave Senator Liz Figueroa a demonstration of "passive joint movement" to show how unreasonable the demands actually were. May pointed out that "the most ridiculous part of the whole objection is that with the failure of the bill, massage therapists will still be free to practice the very techniques that are keeping it from passing."
The CCA convinced the legislators this meant massage therapists would be manipulating joints. However, the real manipulation was done by this chiropractic group. The CCA lobbyists made sure it was understood that the CCA's support for the re-election of specific legislators was contingent on opposing this bill.
The ABMP and the California chapter of the AMTA both would have withdrawn their support if the medical prescription demand had been passed. Both groups and current lobbyists will have to compromise and work together to further develop and perfect the legislation if it is to be reintroduced at some point. According to AMTA lobbyist Mark Rakich's observations, the experience will help any future laws involving our profession. What is clear here is that this profession is not politically organized enough or powerful enough to pass this type of vital legislation. Our association leaders need to work together to raise the money necessary to fund this type of vital legislation. While it remains impossible to please everyone interested, the bill did come a long way, but it's still difficult to predict what will happen next.
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