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Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
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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