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Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
Legislative Alerts in New Mexico and Arkansas
Bills Target State Boards
By Christie Bondurant
Pending legislation in Arkansas and New Mexico threatens the authority of state boards currently charged with oversight of massage therapy regulation in those two states. While the bills differ in substance, both are considered serious threats to the existing bodies that regulate the practice of massage including: the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board. Both the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have put the bills on the massage community's radar.
Arkansas: House Bill 1162
Arkansas House Bill 1162 is of particular concern as it calls for the transfer of authority now assigned to the massage therapy board to the Arkansas Board of Health. HB 1162 is "an act to abolish the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and to transfer all duties to the Department of Health; and for other purposes" effective July 1, 2009. Introduced on Jan. 22, 2009 by Rep. Beverly Pyle (R), the bill has passed first and second reading and was referred to the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. The legislative intent of the bill is stipulated in Section 1: "Improve the health of the citizens of Arkansas in an effective and efficient manner; and provide effective administration of the delivery of massage-related programs. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide an orderly transfer of powers, authorities, duties, and functions of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy to the State Board of Health and the Department of Health with a minimum disruption of government services and functions and with a minimum expense."
Dena Tabor, executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy, confirmed that the state board is opposed to the bill and said that there was no warning prior to the introduction of the legislation that the state had any issues with the board's competancy or efficiency. In an interview, Tabor said that Rep. Pyle has offered no factual basis as to why this law was introduced.
The bill also includes language to amend the Arkansas Massage Therapy Practice Act and replaces the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy with the State Board of Health and The Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of 7 members appointed by the State Board of Health (not the Governor).
As of press time, the office of Rep. Pyle did not respond to inquiry from Massage Today. The bill is still in review. To read the bill in its entirety: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.
New Mexico: House Bill 664
In New Mexico, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, passed for the protection of the public regarding regulation and rules of practice, has been administered successfully by the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board for more than 15 years. But House Bill 664 threatens the current oversight of the board by implementating the "Unlicensed Health Care Practice Act," which moves "bodywork, massage and therapy," into an unlicensed category called "complementary and alternative health care services." To view the entire bill visit: www.nmlegis.gov.
This bill, introduced by Rep. Ken Martinez, came with heavy opposition including a legislative alert put out to the massage community by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and responses from the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
In a letter addressing Rep. Martinez, Bill Brown, AMTA government and industry relations director, states the serious implications this bill would bring to the profession. "The inclusion of this language will circumvent the Massage Therapy Practice Act and promote the unlicensed practice of massage therapy. This, in turn, will significantly lower the professional standards of education, professional conduct and ethics and provided penalty to licensees in violation of these standards."
According to Peter Lane of the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy, the sponsors have backed off of the specific language that would include "bodywork, massage and therapy" under an unlicensed category after reminder of the thousands of massage therapists, and registered voters, who would be disappointed if a bill with this language passed.
Lane encourages therapists in every state to voice their concerns to their representatives in regards to legislation, and speculates that language like this can "spread like a bad disease," if not remedied immediately.
Just as the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy has taken action, the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy has opposed HB 1162, and contacted Rep. Pyle for a meeting to discuss the details and reasoning behind this bill, according to Tabor. As of press time, Tabor has not heard back from Rep. Pyle. Susie Byrd, president of the Arkansas massage board, asks massage therapists to contact their representatives to oppose HB 1162.
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