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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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2010
Proposed California Bill Turns Clock Back: Local City and County Regulations Reinstated
By Christie Bondurant
Editor's note: Assembly Bill 1822 was amended April 13, 2010. Updates were made to this article to reflect those changes.
Less than two years after the passage of a law establishing a single statewide certification system for California therapists, a new law is being proposed that would, in effect, turn the clock back to the days when therapists had to acquire permits to practice in every local jurisdiction where they have clients.
Assembly Bill 1822 proposes a program that requires city and county officials to administer and regulate certification to massage therapists, effective immediately. The bill, introduced by State Assembly Member Sandré Swanson on Feb. 11, 2010, would also require separate city and county fees to be administered.
If AB 1822 passes, the current system established by Senate Bill 731 would be phased out and individual city or county regulations would be reinstated, certification would no longer be voluntary and additional fees would be specified by cities and counties. This is essentially the system that was in place before the reforms of SB 731.
SB 731 (passed in September 2008) established a two-tier voluntary certification system that allowed a massage therapist to practice lawfully throughout the state without being subject to city or county ordinances. It also established the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which acts as the current regulator of massage therapy certification.
However, this new bill would effectively reinstate the old system, and invalidate the purpose and origin of the CAMTC. According to AB 1822:
"This bill would, until January 1, 2016, require any person who administers massage for compensation to be certified by the nonprofit Massage Therapy Organization or certified, registered, or licensed by a city, county, or city and county.
"The bill would add 2 members to the board of directors of the organization who would be selected by specified peace officer associations.
"This bill, at the election of the governing body of a city, county, or city and county by resolution and by concurrence of the head of the local law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction, would also transfer specified duties from the Massage Therapy Organization to the local law enforcement agency.
"Upon that election, this bill would require local law enforcement agencies to approve or disapprove applicants for certification by the organization based upon his or her fitness to practice massage therapy, as specified, and would prohibit the organization from providing certification upon disapproval.
"...In order to ensure the public health and safety with regard to the practice of massage, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately."
A public hearing on this bill will be held on Tuesday, April 20 by the California State Assembly Committee on Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection. The American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter is encouraging therapists to send their letters and emails to the committee immediately. A formatted letter of opposition is available on the AMTA-CA Web site at: www.amta-ca.org.
Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available.
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