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History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
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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