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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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!
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Certification in California
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Editor's note: On Sept. 27, 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed California Senate Bill 731 into law. While the legislation does not mandate licensure or explicitly define scope of practice, it establishes a two-tiered voluntary certification process and a nonprofit Massage Therapy Organization that will oversee certification.Individuals certified by the organization will be exempt from local (city) massage practice acts, while those not opting for certification will remain under local oversight and will no longer be able to use the title "certified massage therapist," "certified massage practitioner," or any other term/title that suggests certification. Dixie Wall, California therapist and contributing editor to MT, explains why this legislation is so important to the California massage profession in the following article.
The passing of this massage bill was a long-anticipated step for most California massage therapists, who have been burdened by local ordinances and regulatory agencies in each city in which they have chosen to work. Why am I so exhilarated? Certification will not only convey professionalism as health care practitioners, but will also establish a uniform standard for our profession here in California. It will reduce complications that continue to frustrate therapists within the state by establishing a portable, single, statewide standard.
While some remain opposed to this idea, recent surveys conducted by AMTA-CA (the bill's sponsor) and ABMP have shown a majority are in favor of statewide regulation. Beverly May, AMTA-CA government relation co-chair, explains: "Both AMTA-CA and ABMP were in agreement regarding provisions such as full grandfathering and preemption of local ordinances. Those who prefer to work under their local massage ordinances, or in areas having none, can continue to do so as long as those local jurisdictions don't require the new state [regulation] for practice."
May continued, "We began with a fairly broad principle: If there is going to be regulation, one state regulation is preferable to multiple and vastly differing vice ordinances. It has been our experience after at least three decades of working on repeal or reform of local ordinances that very little progress is possible at that level."
In the past few years, great legislative progress has been made by Senate Bill 412, as well as the current bill. S.B.412 concluded long battles over education requirements and settled the language disputes with the California Chiropractic Association. Shortly thereafter, S.B.731 moved quickly, including passage through two of the required Senate policy committees before passing the full state Senate.
Unfortunately, S.B.731 stalled in Assembly Appropriations during the first year of its two-year session. The bill was then amended to remove the requirement for a written report. Due to several political issues, bundles of bills, including S.B.731, were put into a "suspense file" at the last hearing in August 2007. The explanation for that decision was fear of further offsetting the new California state budget because of the cost of the bill. Ironically, the implementation of S.B.731 will instead generate money for the state in the long run.
However, the bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly in August 2008. It then sat on Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk, among hundreds of other bills awaiting his signature or veto. The accumulation occurred during California's delay in passing the budget, and Schwarzenegger's promise not to sign any bills until the budget had been passed. The governor set an all-time record with the tardiest budget in California history. However, slow as this bill was to come, we were fortunate to receive the governor's signature. By Sept. 27, he had set another record by vetoing the largest amount of bills of any other governor in four decades.
The bottom line is that finally we will be regulated by experts of massage and bodywork regulation, rather than local police departments. And instead of our annual visit to the department vice squad, we will renew every two years by mail. The first certificates will be issued as early as September 2009. The education requirements vary according to the two-tier system and include several other factors with grandfathering clauses: You must be 18 years or older, have fingerprints taken, a background check, and pay a fee.
The next step, according to May, is "finding funds and creating a massage therapy organization board." This board will include, among others, representatives of the League of California Cities, the California Association of Private and Post-Secondary Schools, and the California State Association of Counties. May explains, "Our Board will consist of representatives and trusted experts that will regulate [certificants] and act as advocates for our profession."
S.B.731 establishes an efficient and practical way of regulation while adding professional recognition similar to other forms of alternative health care modalities. After years of tribulation, California massage practitioners will now be united and be able to take a crucial step forward.
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