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Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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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