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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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