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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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
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AMTA Responds to Article
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is very concerned about your November article on its recent decision regarding its Council of Schools (COS) Board. The article contains many errors and seems to question the accuracy of AMTA’s public statements. We believe both our members and others in the profession are moving forward and have no desire to see more divisiveness in the profession. Unfortunately, we feel we must take the time to set the record straight.
After repeatedly providing Massage Today and all other trade publications with accurate information about our COS Board decision, the history of the COS, and the new Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, your article questioned our veracity by saying "The AMTA asserts that their decision regarding the COS Board is not a response to the recently-announced Alliance for Massage Therapy Education." It is not only AMTA that has said this, but the Alliance has publicly stated that the developmental process for the Alliance was "completely separate from the internal restructuring AMTA recently completed with its Council of Schools."
The article states that the AMTA decision was abrupt and implies it was forced. However, the AMTA Council of Schools Board agreed with the approach of the association and the decision, writing its support well in advance of the AMTA Board decision. The article also implies AMTA is hiding something by not yet publicly "disclosing" the formation of a new schools committee, even though AMTA rarely publicly announces when it has formed committees to serve its members.
Your article continues to promote an idea that the AMTA Council of Schools was not really a part of AMTA by saying we voted "to end the 27-year relationship with the Council of Schools." Our Board of Directors voted to disband the AMTA Council of Schools Board of Directors and change bylaws to indicate all schools under the name Council of Schools are still AMTA member schools. Later you state, "However, in late January at the COS annual meeting and leadership conference, COS members expressed a desire to retain independence from the AMTA." The vote was to create a separate organization to represent all massage schools, not to retain independence. As we previously reported, the vote at the January meeting was among the 30 member schools attending, from among more than 400 AMTA member schools.
Misinformation about AMTA's decision regarding the AMTA COS Board has created a great deal of confusion. Distortions communicated by some have only served to create false issues. Therefore, we must also restate that AMTA School Member benefits have not changed as a result of the COS decisions and, in fact, are in the process of being enhanced.
AMTA has been clear, upfront, candid and factual about its decisions to find new ways to serve its schools members. We are firmly committed to our School members and look forward to an expanded meeting with school owners, administrators and educators at our conference in February 2010. There are many challenges in our profession and AMTA will continue to look for the best ways to help schools, students and practitioners succeed professionally.
Editor's note: To read the November Massage Today article, which includes a full statement from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the history of the COS and the events leading up to the AMTA board of directors’ decision to discontinue the COS board, please click here.
Massage Today will print a correction in the next available issue regarding the word choice used in the sentence: "However, in late January at the COS annual meeting and leadership conference, COS members expressed a desire to retain independence from the AMTA..." The better word choice is obtain.
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