resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Ever Heard of the Lateral Raphé?
We have all had acute patients enter our offices listing laterally to the side at the level of the lumbar spine or expressing pain on lateral lumbar bending.
Gallop Confidently Into The New Year
Happy New Year! As you may know, this is the year of the Wooden Horse. I received a wonderful gift for Christmas. It is a beautiful glass sculpture of a horse, by Luili Gong Fong, a Chinese artist.
News in Brief
Patriot Project: Serving Those Who Served; CTCA Chiropractor Receives Clinical Innovation Award.
Acupuncture Ambassadors: A Chat with Leader Anthony M. Giovanniello, MSAc,LAc
When you first meet Anthony Giovanniello, you realize he's a humble practitioner, yet is bursting with a type of dedication that you can't help but be overwhelmingly inspired by.
Qigong to Empower Our Youth
Qigong is an ancient form of exercise and meditation used to promote longevity and health. This practice has traditionally been used by adults to balance the body through mindfulness, focused breathing and gentle movements.
Weighing in on Weight Loss
If your practice trends anything like the U.S. population, you are probably noticing over two-thirds of your patients could benefit from weight reduction, particularly if their main complaints include chronic back or joint pain.
Peer Points: Spreading The Word
Pedram Shojai describes his venture into Traditional Chinese Medicine as a journey led by various "mystical experiences." Shojai decided to change the course of his career when he looked deeper into the basics of TCM.
Diagnosing Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Part 2): Exercise Rehab
One of the things that has puzzled us for years is the presentation of the flexion-intolerant patient. We have realized there is a large overlap with sacroiliac indicators. In acute lumbar pain, the SI often twists, subluxes, goes haywire.
Using Facial and Scalp Acupuncture To Treat Neuromuscular Facial Conditions
As a practitioner and instructor of facial rejuvenation acupuncture I have gotten many calls over the past 10 years from individuals seeking help for various conditions affecting the facial muscles, nerves, and overall function of the face.
Gaining an Independent Occupational Code with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
One of the most important national activities currently taking place in relation to the development of the field of AOM profession is the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) revision of the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
Preserving the Natural Resources and Culture of Chinese Herbal Medicine
As the world experiences unprecedented population growth and ever-increasing ecological pressures, the topic of preserving Chinese medicine's natural resources has attracted steadily increasing attention from practitioners.
Embracing the Light
Four years, ago I was diagnosed with a labral tear in my hip that was excruciating and "required surgery" according to an orthopedic surgeon. I tried everything and although the symptoms had mostly abated, I had to give up Yoga practice and everything that could exacerbate the tear.
The Importance of Staying Focused
Our world is so full of over stimulation and constant information. We live in a fast paced, ever-changing society. If you seek you will receive.
Managing Hallux Hypomobility Disorders (Part 2)
In part one of this series we discussed the unique properties and significance of the first toe in the propulsive phase of gait. In particular, we discussed the importance of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).
The Urinary Bladder Official
The Bladder Official is known as the Official Who Controls the Storage of Water. In Western medical terms, this organ collects the urine excreted by the kidneys.
Common Disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint
The evaluation and management of craniofacial pain is a complex endeavor, which often encompasses the presence of temporomandibular joint disorders.
Giving Testosterone Levels a Boost (Part 3)
Since testosterone and insulin status are inversely correlated, it's important to keep insulin low so testosterone will remain high.
The Power of Words: DCs Share Drug-Free Approach
There's no doubt that words are powerful and important – especially in the chiropractic profession, where we have been struggling for years to find the right words to describe who we are and what we do.
Eucommia Bark Helps Maintain Strong Bones
Eucommia bark is a major tonic herb used in Asia, and now throughout the world, that supports and helps mend the skeletal structure and its related tissues. Eucommia bark is collected from Eucommia ulmoides trees that are more than 10 years old.
Grape Seed Extract: A Multifaceted Herb for Promoting Healthy Circulation
One of my favorite herbs is grape seed. Modern research has identified some intriguing health benefits attributable to the seed of this ancient fruit. I particularly use grape seed as an extract standardized for OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins).
Don't Believe It
One of our staff came into my office last week, very concerned about an article she had just read on a news media website. The article suggested researchers found "no health benefits" associated with taking multivitamins.
The Deficiency Myth
If you went to the same kind of medical school I did and took the same kind of licensing exam I took, you were trained to seek out and expect to find primary deficiencies here in the U.S.
VA Names Sites for Pilot Chiropractic Residency Program
The Veterans Administration has announced the five VA medical facilities that will serve as initial sites for the administration's recently established pilot chiropractic residency program.
Asymmetrical Pronation: Effect on Adjustments
When your patients don't respond as well as expected to their chiropractic adjustments, oftentimes there is a source of interference in the pedal foundation – asymmetrical pronation.
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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