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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
AB 1822 Update: CAMTC Certification Expected to Remain Intact
Committee Hearing Friday, May 28
By Christie Bondurant
Strong backlash from the massage community over California's proposed anti-prostitution bill has caused its proponents to back down on the most controversial aspect of the law: local police certification for work permits.
According to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and the American Massage Therapy Association California chapter (AMTA-CA), the backers of Assembly Bill 1822 have felt the significant impact of protests from the massage community and have agreed to amend the bill in a more positive manner.These proposed amendments come after recent discussions between CAMTC, AMTA-CA and proponents of the bill.
In a May 24 press release put out by the AMTA-CA, "the CAMTC and statewide certification would remain intact." In the press release, Amanda Whitehead, AMTA-CA government relations chair, states an "expected" amendment to AB 1822: "All investigations for CAMTC certification would be done by the CAMTC."
Whitehead thanks the massage community for their overwhelming support in influencing proponents of the bill. "Please know that your letters, emails, internet postings, and publicity have both influenced lawmakers and inspired those of us whose job it is to deal directly with the legislature," said Whitehead.
Whitehead also credits Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, the author of the bill, for his willingness to work with the massage community and is hopeful that his new amendments will be satisfactory to all stakeholders.
"Assemblymember Sandre Swanson and his staff have shown a real and responsive interest in the needs of the massage community," said Whitehead. "These amendments can absolutely be drafted in a way that both protects the massage therapy profession and strengthens the ability of local law enforcement to control prostitution and human trafficking."
In a letter sent to Massage Today, Ahmos Netanel, CAMTC chief executive officer states that while CAMTC does not officially support the bill as of yet, he also believes that major improvements have been put forward. According to Netanel, the proposed amendments will include:
According to Netanel, the CAMTC is working on proposed amendments regarding massage establishments to discourage owners of potential illicit businesses.
"Even the author of the previous bill (Senate Bill 731) believed the establishment language needed to be revisited," said Netanel. "Obviously, our goal is to cooperate with local law enforcement without creating new disadvantages for the massage therapy profession... CAMTC is obtaining best practices from other states in regards to establishments. We want to craft amendments that resolve local concerns without returning to draconian zoning measures."
Netanel also thanked the massage community's efforts for the expected improved amendments: "The educational effort mounted by CAMTC, AMTA, Massage Today and the rest of the profession made a significant impact on the members of the Appropriations Committee."
Completion of the amendments to the bill is expected this week. The Appropriations Committee hearing will be on Friday, May 28.
The bill would have essentially reverted California back to the failed system that was in place before SB 731, allowing local authorities to issue work permits in each jurisdiction a massage therapist would work.
The political firestorm began after Swanson's office introduced the massage bill on an urgent basis, calling 89 percent of a sampling of CAMTC applicants either prostitutes or persons with questionable backgrounds. Those percentages of CAMTC applicants were reported in a survey compiled by the CPCA, who (after repeated requests by Massage Today) have yet to provide evidence of their findings.
Nevertheless, the thinly sourced survey catapulted the bill through various governing bodies to where it currently sits at the State's Assembly Appropriations Committee.
However, the massage community's strong opposition to the bill and the CPCA's claims were finally heard by the Appropriations Committee. We wait expectantly for the published amendments.
If the bill passes the Appropriations Committee on Friday, it will then have to pass both houses of the legislature and requires the governor's signature to become law. According to Swanson's office they have deleted the "urgency" clause in the proposed amendments, which will now require a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote reported in preceding Massage Today articles.
Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available. For other Massage Today articles on this issue, read:
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