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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.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.)
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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