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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Winds of Change in North Carolina & Pennsylvania
By Editorial Staff
In the past two months, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have each passed legislation that, among other stipulations, allows for the potential use of a non-NCBTMB exam as a method of approving massage therapists for practice.They join 13 other states that have opened the door to and/or approved use of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) including Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.
According to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board intends to use the MBLEx for licensure; rewrites of specific language to allow for the MBLEx are in process.
In North Carolina, recent legislation amending the state's Massage and Bodywork Therapy Practice Act included this key requirement regarding examinations: "[The applicant] has passed a competency assessment examination that meets generally accepted psychometric principles and standards and is approved by the Board." The NCBTMB and FSMTB exams were developed based on "psychometric principles and standards."
Following passage of the legislation, the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy approved sole use of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for "regular" licensure after Jan. 1, 2011.
Pennsylvania's recent massage licensure legislation included similar language; that bill was approved in October, making Pa. the 40th state to enact massage regulation. As of press time, no decision has been made as to whether the MBLEx will be the exclusive test used to license the state's massage therapists.
N.C. Adopts MBLEx
In October of this year, the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy sat down with the NCBTMB and the FSMTB to discuss Senate Bill 1314, which was signed into law Aug. 18, 2008. When the meeting adjourned, the N.C. Board approved the MBLEx, administered by the FSMTB, as the exam to be used for "regular" licensure. The existing NCBTMB exam will be phased out in two years and the MBLEx will take its place.
"The N.C. Board voted to accept the MBLEx only after much research including presentations from both the NCBTMB and the FSMTB regarding examinations," said Susan Beam, the chair of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.
"Because protection of the public is the primary concern of licensing agencies and the MBLEx is designed as a licensing exam, almost one quarter of the MBLEx addresses ethics, boundaries, and professional standards," she said. "Also, the MBLEx is owned by the member boards of FSMTB, of which North Carolina is one. We have been able to observe, and when appropriate, participate in the development of the MBLEx. We will continue to have input regarding content and delivery of the MBLEx. Finally, we expect the MBLEx to eventually be accepted by most, if not all, states, which will increase portability of licensure for massage therapists."
The N.C. bill stipulation was supported by the North Carolina chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), as well as the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Pennsylvania: Similar Language in New Licensing Law
In Pennsylvania, massage therapist licensing legislation was signed into law on Oct. 9, 2008, by Gov. Edward Rendell. The legislation includes similar language to the North Carolina legislation with regard to exams: "Any examination approved by the board must meet generally recognized psychometric principles and standards."
As of press time, no qualification has been made concerning which organization's examination (NCE or MBLEx) can be taken to satisfy the state's requirement.
Commenting on the recent trend involving choice of exams, M.K. Brennan, AMTA said, "The AMTA-Pennsylvania chapter and many other massage therapy organizations and individuals devoted several years and countless amounts of energy in working for legislation that would be fair for all in the profession and for the public. AMTA believes state regulatory boards should have the option to choose the massage therapy licensing exam(s) they will recognize. However, AMTA does support the concept of one massage therapy licensing exam recognized by all states, as it is a key element in working toward future portability of massage therapy practice."
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