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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Oklahoma Introduces Massage Bill
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
On Feb. 4, Republican Rep. Denney Lee introduced to the Oklahoma legislature House Bill 3199, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, which provides licensure for the state's therapists and massage schools. Revised after some controversial language was removed, the bill will go into effect Oct. 1, 2008, if passed.
Under the original version of the bill, nonresident members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) - and only the AMTA - would have been exempt from state oversight. This prompted the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) to express its concerns and objections over this word choice to AMTA Oklahoma chapter Government Relations Chair Scott Rayburn. ABMP also issued a statement to its members which read, in part, "[T]he language also exempting a practitioner described 'as a member of a nonprofit organization which is tax exempt under 26 United States Codes Annotated, Sec. 501(c) (Internal Revenue Code)' takes it a step too far. Because of the AMTA's technical tax status as tax exempt, AMTA members from out of state would be able to practice without a license in Oklahoma while other out-of-state practitioners could not. This is unacceptable and discriminatory." According to Rayburn and the AMTA, "We've modified the language in the bill to accommodate them. We struck that whole sentence regarding the tax-exempt status."
If passed in October, the bill establishes the creation of a seven-member Oklahoma Massage Therapy Advisory Committee under the authority of the Oklahoma State Board of Health. According to the bill, these seven members will be appointed as follows:
"Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for terms of four (4) years. ... Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate for terms of four (4) years. ... Three members shall be appointed by the Governor for terms of four (4) years as follows: a. one member shall be a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy with no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy ... b. one member shall be a licensed massage therapy school instructor ... c. one member shall be a member of the public who has not been licensed and has no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy."
Also according to the bill, the committee will serve to advise the board about "scope and standards of practice; licensure requirements, examination requirements, exceptions thereto, renewal requirements, temporary licensure and endorsement or reciprocity requirements; methods and requirements for ensuring the continued competence of licensed persons; grounds for probation, revocation or suspension of license and reinstatement provisions; fees; and other matters which may pertain to the practice of massage."
The bill also states that, "Individuals practicing massage under this act shall not perform any of the following: diagnosis of illness or disease; high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust; electrical stimulation; application of ultrasound; use of any technique that interrupts or breaks the skin; or prescribing medicines."
Emergency response is an increasingly important facet of the massage profession. The bill addresses the possibility that practitioners from other states could be present and offer massage services during an emergency. "Any nonresident person holding a current license, registration or certification in massage therapy from another state or recognized national certification system determined as acceptable by the Board when temporarily present in this state for the purpose of providing massage therapy services as part of an emergency response team working in conjunction with disaster relief officials or at special events such as conventions, sporting events, educational field trips, conferences, traveling shows or exhibitions."
The bill also stipulates certain bodywork practices that are exempted from the law including Asian bodywork, acupressure, jin shin do, qigong, reiki, shiatsu, tuina, polarity therapy, Rolfing, Hellerwork, soma neuromuscular integration, Feldenkrais, Rolf movement integration, Trager work and body-mind centering.For more information or to view the revised text of the bill, visit www.okcoalition.org. Contact the AMTA at www.amtamassage.org and the ABMP at www.abmp.com.
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