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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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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 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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
April 10, 2006
AMTA California Chapter Hosts Annual Convention
More than 300 massage therapists from across California gathered at the Costa Mesa Hilton to learn, share and renew friendships at the 2006 AMTA-CA annual convention March 22-26.
California massage therapists could obtain continuing education credits through a variety of workshops, including "CranioSacral Therapy" by Carol McLellan from the Upledger Institute, "Introduction to Prenatal Massage" by Val Guin and "Body Mechanics for Therapists" by Irene Diamond.Other workshop topics included "Reflexology," "Degriefing for Bodyworkers," and "Ethics." The chapter also held its business meeting where it accepted reports and nominations of officers. The keynote address was delivered by businessman, management and personnel trainer, speaker, author and consultant David Corbin.
Arguably one of the most important meetings of the conference was the government relations meeting conducted by Chris Voltarel, government relations co-chair, and Beverly May. The meeting began with a briefing on the history of state licensing in California. The presentation was politically educational on the dynamics of how a two-year bill gets routed and passed. Voltarel and May, a pioneer in attempting to attain California state regulation for massage therapy for over 17 years, explained how 2005 was a definite step in the right direction. Most important, the meeting included an update on where everyone stands in the process. Questions were posed on the makeup of the board intended to regulate the licensing pre-emption and educational requirements. For the bill to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for massage, the educational requirements for therapists would have to be consistent between state and city regulations. This could prove to be difficult, but May and Voltarel explained the need to get a foot in the door because "the fear of loss is greater than desire of gain."
May and Voltarel also discussed a few recent hurdles the bill is facing, with the hottest issues being the language defining the word "massage therapist." The language used to describe a massage therapist's scope of practice is still being negotiated by chiropractors and physical therapists. They also addressed the pressing issue of educational requirements of the bill and spoke of an ongoing compromise between educational groups and massage organizations that have come to the agreement on a two-tiered system.
Currently, the bill has moved through the Senate and the Assembly Business and Professions Committee; however it's unlikely to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee until this summer. May explained that this delay might be in the best interests of the therapist, because there still are a few issues to be worked out to ensure its support before it continues to progress. There was a sense of unity expressed as individuals began to let go of certain ideals in order to keep the bill intact. Most therapists agree that, even with a sacrifice of certain ideals and opinions, "it's better to have something than nothing."
One new change to this year's convention was the addition of a job fair for local massage therapy students, to give them an opportunity to take part in this event and to learn more about what the massage therapy profession has to offer.
The exhibit hall contained a number of vendors including Bon Vital, Bio Freeze, the Upledger Institute, Biotone and the American Massage Council. In total, 29 vendors spent time offering attendees a chance for some retail therapy.
Next year's California Massage and Bodywork Convention will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose from March 29 through April 1. For more information about the 2006 convention as well as next year's gathering, visit www.amta-ca.org.
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