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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
California Massage Board Organizes
Tasked to create state certification
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
The California Massage Therapy Council, which was created by the legislature to establish state certification for trained therapists, has unanimously elected Ahmos Netanel, a well-known Los Angeles-based massage therapist and entrepreneur, as its first board chairperson.
The new 11-member council, elected officers and committee chairs during its organizational meeting on February 19, and will immediately begin the task of creating a voluntary certification system for massage therapist in the state.
The purpose of the new law creating the council is two-fold. For therapists, certification will provide them with a single, statewide certificate that will supercede an inconsistent hodgepodge of local ordinances and regulations that are typically enforced by police departments. The bill specifically prohibits a city, county, or city and county from enacting ordinances regulating the practice of massage by a certificate holder. Cities and counties retain the right to adopt and enforce local ordinances governing zoning, business licensing, and reasonable health and safety requirements for massage establishments or businesses.
For consumers, the certification assures that the person they are doing business with is a trained massage therapist and, according to the law, assure that massage therapy "can no longer be used as a subterfuge" to violate state laws. The law creating the council is specific about the requirements individuals will need to meet to obtain certification. Therapists must be over 18, and: "The applicant has successfully completed, at a single approved school, curricula in massage and related subjects totaling a minimum of 250 hours that incorporates appropriate school assessment of student knowledge and skills. Included in the hours shall be instruction addressing anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics, with at least 100 hours of the required minimum 250 hours devoted to these curriculum areas."
Applicants will also have to supply fingerprints and can obtain a certificate if they have a license, or similar document, from another state with requirements that meet or exceed those in the new law, California Senate Bill 731.
Beverly May, government relations co-chair of the California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and a primary driving force behind the new law, said during the meeting "certification (will) allow massage therapists to get one-stop shopping and be certified throughout the state." She also said that the board's goal is to be issuing certificates by September 1, the first day that the law allows their issuance.
Richard McElroy, a retired Los Angeles police officer who represents the League of California Cities on the new board, said that certification will be welcomed by local jurisdictions who have difficulty ascertaining the validity of documents given them now by individuals seeking to open massage businesses.
"The problem is that you just don't know who or where a person gets these certificates," he said in an interview. "The documents could be from legitimate schools, or from who knows where. But certification from a state-recognized and organized board is a whole other matter. That's the value to the cities."
Determining the validity of schools, and the programs they offer, is going to be a significant part of the new council's work.
In addition to Netanel, the board unanimously voted in Bob Benson, chairman of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), as vice-chairperson. Other officers included Dr. Ben Drillings, Secretary, and Mason Myers, representing the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools.
May was named chairperson of the new council's Public Policy and Local Government committee. Benson was named chair of the Credentialling committee and Netanel was voted in as chair of the Outreach committee.
The 11-member board includes Netanel, Benson, May, Drillings, McElroy, Myers and the following individuals:
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