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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Major Massage Associations Call for CA Legislators to Kill Bill
By Christie Bondurant
After months of discussions regarding the infamous "anti-prostitution" law, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), American Massage Therapy Association - California chapter (AMTA-CA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) have ended negotiations and have called for an end to Assembly Bill 1822.
The organizations blame the bill's author, State Assemblyman Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda) and the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) as having gone back on agreed upon commitments that were supposed to improve the bill for the massage community.
In a recent letter of opposition sent to California legislators, ABMP explains, "CAMTC and the major massage professional organizations worked with the author and sponsor of AB 1822 to transform it into a general clean-up bill, including further mutually agreed upon tightening of standards for owners of massage establishments."
"The sponsor backtracked last week on commitments accepted during a Senate BP&ED (Business, Professions and Economic Development) hearing, stripping out all the constructive clean-up language, leaving only provisions for two more CAMTC board seats for specified law enforcement organizations."
According to CAMTC executive director Ahmos Netanel, the turf bill, AB 1822, is merely a decoy to secure seats on the board by law enforcement, including the CPCA. "The CPCA has attempted to undermine the board by forcing a Trojan Horse into the board." The chief's association was the driving force behind the original, and highly controversial, version of the bill. (See Massage Today article.)
Netanel who has spent several months working with the CPCA believes the police organization is not looking out for the best interests of the massage community and instead is "dangerous to the board." "A hostile police organization will handicap our ability to protect the public," he said.
In a recent opposition letter sent to senators, CAMTC states: "After hours of negotiation, the language dismantling statewide certification has been discarded, but the bill still contains a requirement to seat the very law enforcement officials who just recently tried to do away with it."
According to the ABMP letter: "This bill would add a seat for a designated organization, the California Police Chiefs Association, that seeks to dramatically weaken CAMTC. California professions traditionally self-regulate. The imposition of law enforcement seats onto a health profession board would establish a dangerous precedent that could easily spread to boards regulating other professions. The responsibility of the CAMTC is to regulate the massage therapy profession, not act as vice cops - to aid law enforcement, not act as law enforcement."
Amanda Whitehead, AMTA-CA government relations chair, shared the same sentiment. "Appointing law enforcement personnel to a self-regulating board would be both unprecedented and unnecessary," said Whitehead. "The presence on the CAMTC board of representatives appointed by an organization that has proven to be openly hostile to CAMTC would be a huge step backwards for public protection and fair business regulation in California. For all these reasons, the AMTA-CA must oppose AB 1822."
Recently, Whitehead sent out a letter to AMTA-CA members requesting that members contact their state senators to vote no on AB 1822.
All three organizations believe the CAMTC is already effective enough in protecting the public by screening out applicants who do not intend to practice as legitimate massage therapy professionals.
ABMP explains: "The League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties already have CAMTC board seats; the League's initial appointee, a retired LA Vice officer provided instrumental help in developing astute CAMTC applicant screening procedures."
"The board is functioning very well, very effectively, and very balanced," said Netanel. "We're asking legislators to vote no on AB 1822."
The bill is currently in the State Senate, where it will be voted on in the next couple of weeks. According to Netanel, the deciding vote of the bill's fate will take place this month. "Should it pass the Senate Floor, it would then go back to the Assembly Floor for a concurrence vote. The 2009-10 Legislative Session adjourns on [Sept. 1] at midnight," said Netanel.
As this bill has potential to harm the massage community and is ineffective in protecting the public from illegal operators of massage businesses, Massage Today has created a "Vote NO on AB 1822" e-mail form that will be sent to all members of the California State Senate as well as the bill's author. Tell CA legislators to vote no on AB 1822 by clicking here: www.massagetoday.com/bill1822/stop_ab1822.php.
Editor's note: This article has been updated since its original post on Aug. 13.
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