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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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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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