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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Massage Board and MBLEx Under Fire
By Christie Bondurant
Budget cuts and a new amendment to an Oregon bill threaten the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) along with the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), the current primary exam accepted for licensure in Oregon.
The seemingly innocuous House Bill 2059 requires health professional licensees to report prohibited conduct of another licensee to regulatory boards. But it has now caught the attention of some major massage therapy associations due to a recent amendment that came as a surprise to the associations.
The bill, introduced late last year, has meandered unopposed through various bodies of government for about five months, until May when the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) proposed an amendment to the bill requiring the OBMT to accept their national certification exams. The new amendment, HB 2059-A7, states: "The board shall accept passage of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination of another board-approved national standardized examination as meeting the written examination requirement contained in this paragraph."
The Senate Committee on Health Care and Veterans Affairs held a public hearing discussing the bill on May 12, 2009. Representatives from the NCBTMB were there to propose the amendment to the committee as well as outwardly make accusations against the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) portraying the association as a for-profit insurance company. The ABMP was not present at the hearing to testify in defense and was unaware of the new amendment until after the hearing.
The next day, the ABMP released a statement addressing the members of the committee. In the letter, Jean Robinson, ABMP government relations director, called NCBTMB representative Jackson Williams' claims against the ABMP false and added background and explanation to the genesis of the MBLEx.
Robinson wrote: "In his testimony, Jackson Williams, the representative from the NCBTMB, characterized ABMP as a for-profit insurance company that masterminded an elaborate scheme to create a new exam, an easier one than the national certification exam offered by NCBTMB, in order to 'increase the number of licensees so they can regulate more people, collect more fees, sell more liability insurance policies.'"
Robinson added: "Unfortunately, the committee only heard the NCBTMB's perspective, which differs from most in the profession. The NCBTMB lobbied for more than ten years pursuing and persuading states to adopt the NCBTMB exam as a de facto licensing exam and were successful in maintaining their monopoly and power over the profession. ... Years ago the massage regulatory and education communities approached the NCBTMB board with serious concerns about administration of the exam, incompetent customer service issues causing applicants delay in entering the profession, and the NCBTMB creating policies that did not comply with existing statures in states. NCBTMB ignored the concerns and did nothing to improve their processes. The regulatory boards had no other choice than to form their own organization and develop their own examination."
When asked to comment about the amendment as well as the accusations made against the ABMP, the NCBTMB released this statement: "We are pleased that the Senate Health Committee of the Oregon Legislature voted to restore recognition of the National Certification Exam for licensure purposes. This Committee, which is comprised of health policy experts, heard from all stakeholders and weighed the arguments pro and con. Our sense was that the senators found that the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists was unable to offer a convincing rationale for refusing to allow applicants to choose our exam. ... We look forward to building a productive working relationship with the Board going forward." NCBTMB chose not to comment further on Williams' claims against the ABMP.
However, the exam is not the only concern on MBLEx supporter's minds nor is it the only large issue facing the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. In the current struggle to address a $4.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is proposing cutting costs by eliminating certain state bodies, including the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. In a speech addressing the city club of Portland on May 15, Gov. Kulongoski compared the state's financial status to the current American car manufacturer's financial woes. He said, "GM is going to have to live without Pontiac even though there are probably millions of loyal supporters too. I get that. But the money simply isn't there anymore. Some government functions have to go, at least for the foreseeable future. Oregon state government can no longer be all things to all people. That's why I am asking the Legislature to suspend a wide variety of agencies, boards and commissions." The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists was included in the governor's list of boards to be suspended.
Without a board to regulate licensing examinations, then HB 2059, if passed, would require the NCBTMB exam to be taken.
For information on the 2009-11 budget including a summary analysis of the governor's recommended budget go to: www.leg.state.or.us/budget/home.htm.
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