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Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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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