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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
NCBTMB vs. Florida Board of Massage Therapy Lawsuit Settled
By Christie Bondurant
In late April, swarms of massage therapists, massage school owners, spa owners, and representatives from major massage therapy associations decended upon the Crowne Plaza Universal at the Florida Board of Massage Therapy meeting.They were all there with one issue in mind: the settlement terms of the lawsuit brought on by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).
It all started in 2007, when the Florida Board proposed amendments to the language of the examination requirements under Rule 64B7-25.001 (see https://www.flrules.org) that would allow for a new application for licensure, and ultimately replace the NCBTMB exams with the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Nearly six months later, the NCBTMB fired back with a lawsuit (NCBTMB, Inc. vs. Department of Health, Board of Massage Therapy, Case No. 08-2604RP; Rule No. 64B7-25.001), and the two boards have been tangled in the ongoing saga ever since, until now that is.
At the meeting, only the parties involved in the lawsuit were allowed to speak. Both the Florida Board and the NCBTMB stated their cases, while the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the MBLEx creator, spoke as an "intervener" in the case. No one from the audience, including representatives from the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, were allowed to speak. While the exclusion was unusual and caused some disapproving chatter in the audience, it was technically legitimate since the meeting was never announced as "public;" a move which may have been an effort of crowd control.
Finally, with encouragement from the Department of Health's attorney, the Florida Board agreed to the settlement terms announced earlier this year.
As reported in the March issue of Massage Today, the NCBTMB released a late January statement discussing these terms: "'The Florida Department of Health, Florida Board of Massage Therapy and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Inc. (NCBTMB) are pleased to announce that the parties will present settlement terms to the Board that will likely resolve the administrative challenge to Rule 64B7-25.001, FAC. The compromise, when fully implemented, will allow for two approved massage therapy examination providers in Florida: the NCBTMB and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, counsel for the Florida Board of Massage Therapy will bring a proposal back before the Board at its April 2009 meeting to approve both examinations.' Note: The Florida Board will still have to approve the agreement in principle at its April 2009 meeting."
The Florida Board did approve the agreement and under the settlement terms, they will accept both the MBLEx and the NCBTMB exams for a two-year period in which the case may not be revisited, meaning the MBLEx and NCBTMB exams will be administered for licensure and certification without opposition. The Florida Board plans to ammend the language soon permitting the MBLEx to be administered within the next few months.
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