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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05
A 2010 Comparison of AMTA and ABMP
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
For many years now, Massage Today has received phone calls from therapists and potential therapists asking various questions about the two primary professional associations serving the massage and bodywork industry: the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
In response, Massage Today first published an article comparing the two associations in September 2005. (See "AMTA and ABMP: Two Associations Compared".) This article serves as the five-year update to that comparison of each association's membership statistics and benefits.
Information is derived from each association's respective Web site, as well as from interviews with Ron Precht, AMTA communications manager, and Bob Benson, ABMP chairman.
American Massage Therapy Association
Begun on Aug. 16, 1943, by 29 Charter members from the College of Swedish Massage in Chicago, the association developed a pledge with a commitment to service, ethical practice, and the massage therapy profession. Dues of 50 cents were collected. Currently, the AMTA maintains chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. AMTA is the largest non-profit association for massage therapists and is governed by a member-elected national board of directors and seeks to support massage therapists and bodyworkers through research, public awareness, education, legislative efforts, educational events and a national convention. AMTA is the primary benefactor for the Massage Therapy Foundation, providing more than $500,000 each year to support its efforts for massage research.
According to AMTA, the organization had nearly 57,000 members in the following categories as of February 2010:
AMTA professional membership costs $235 (plus the state chapter fee) per year; the same cost as 2005, and unchanged for more than 35 years. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum of 500, in-class, supervised educational hours, possess a current massage license in a regulated state or be certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or through previous enrollment as a professional member.
Student membership costs $79 (plus the state chapter fee) each year. Student membership applicants must be enrolled in a minimum 500 hour, entry-level massage therapy program. The supporting membership fee is $99 (plus the chapter fee). Supporting membership is for individuals or legal entities that do not practice massage therapy but are interested in promoting massage and supporting AMTA locally and nationally. The massage school membership fee is based on gross tuition. Qualifications include proof of 500 in-class hours and proof of legal operation.
Depending on the membership category, some benefits include professional and general liability insurance - $6 million aggregate coverage per year and up to $2 million in coverage per single occurrence; a locator listing; election privileges and leadership opportunities; use of the AMTA logo; a membership certificate and card; a subscription to the Massage Therapy Journal and various other professional resources. Members also receive discounts on in-person and online continuing education, as well as on massage products.
According to AMTA, its insurance coverage breaks down as follows:
For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org or call 1-877-905-2700.
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
ABMP was founded in 1987 by a single massage therapist and has undergone significant growth in the last 20 years. The organization is based in Golden, Colo., and is actively involved in all aspects of the massage therapy community and works on behalf of its members by offering professional support, education resources and legislative advocacy and updates.
Benefits vary by membership level, but full membership includes professional, general and product liability insurance coverage, with combined coverage up to $9 million aggregate per member, per year and $2 million in coverage per occurrence. According to ABMP, their massage insurance coverage includes:
Additional ABMP membership benefits include:
According to ABMP, as of February 2010 the organization had more than 71,000 members in the following categories:
In addition, ABMP's sister organization, Associated Skin Care Professionals, has more than 6,000 skin care members who solely practice esthetics.
To be eligible for ABMP membership at the certified or professional levels, applicants must hold a valid massage license in regulated states and have completed certain educational requirements (for specifics, visit ABMP.com).
Certified membership (requiring continuing education) costs $229; professional and practitioner memberships each cost $199 per year. Student membership costs vary according to length of school term and need for insurance, starting at $45.
For more information, visit www.abmp.com or call 1-800-458-2267.
Editor’s note: A description of the American Massage Council (AMC) was left out of this article, relating to insurance offerings. Click here to read "What Is the AMC?"
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