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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
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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