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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
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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