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Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
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Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
News in Brief
Life to Open Branch Campus in Italy; Northwestern Research Arm Benefits From Big Donation.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
November 15, 2010
NCBTMB Announces 2010 Board Election Results
Press Release - The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today the re-election of Michele Baker and election of Judy Silcock, Bruce Baltz and Rhonda Reif to its Board of Directors. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2011.
The NCBTMB Board of Directors is made up of nine members, who together supervise and direct the affairs of the national certification programs, as well as the organization's committees and examinations. They also determine NCBTMB policies and procedures.
Michele Baker was re-elected to her second term on NCBTMB's Board of Directors, a four-year term. In 2008, the board elected her Treasurer and she became a member of the Executive/Finance Committee. Baker has served as chair of the Advanced Certification Task Force, and a liaison to the Recertification Subcommittee and Leadership Development Committee. In addition, she was a member of the Volunteer Restructuring Task Force.
Baker has taught therapeutic massage at local colleges and mentored therapists. She received a bachelor's degree from University of Arkansas and graduated at the top of her class from Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage. She is a Reiki Master and has received certification in volunteer administration.
"I am passionate about massage," said Baker. "I look forward to being a champion of several initiatives including strong outreach to massage schools, robust government relations in cooperation with state boards of massage therapy, advanced options for the growing population of massage 'veterans', and a continued expectation of superior customer service and responsive communication."
Judy Silcock was elected to the board for a four-year term. She is a full-time massage therapist and bodywork practitioner. Silcock has held state-level offices with the Idaho Massotherapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association.
An NCBTMB volunteer since 1995, Silcock serves on the Government Relations Committee and the Approved Provider Committee. She has served as chair of the Recertification Subcommittee and an item writer for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).
Silcock received an undergraduate degree and completed graduate studies from the University of Arizona. She also attended Esalen Institute and Magic Valley Massotherapy Institute. In addition, Silcock has studied sports massage in Russia at the Physical Culture and Science Institutes of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
"I would like to thank those who voted in the NCBTMB elections, because there would be no 'us' without them," said Silcock. "I am delighted to have been elected to the board. I promise our certificants that I will represent them, as well as our stakeholders, with integrity, honesty and an openness of mind."
Bruce Baltz was elected to the board and will serve a three-year term. He is a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida. Baltz is an internationally recognized educator with over 28 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. An NCBTMB volunteer since 2007, he serves on the Approved Provider Committee.
Baltz received his massage diploma from Swedish Institute in New York and trained in advanced sports massage. He earned a LaStone Therapy Instructor Certificate, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique Certificate and has a background in research on the effect of temperature on the autonomic nervous system.
"I want to thank all of those who took the time to vote and have taken an interest in the future of the NCBTMB," said Baltz. "I am proud to be sitting on the board of such a massage and bodywork institution. I look forward to doing my part in redefining the future of NCBTMB."
Rhonda Reif was elected to a one-year term. She owns a healing arts business and has studied at various locations throughout the U.S., primarily in Southern California. Reif has trained in over 30 different holistic health modalities.
Reif received her master's degree from Western Illinois University, a bachelor's degree from Truman University, and two associate degrees from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. She is a massage graduate from the Institute of Wellness in Sunnyvale, Illinois.
Since 1995, Reif has hosted a monthly radio program dedicated to informing audiences about the healing arts. She served on various committees and volunteer teaches infant massage classes to new at-risk and low-income mothers.
"I am excited to be elected to the NCBTMB Board of Directors," said Reif. "I look forward to the year ahead. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and be a voice for the profession and our national certificants."
"NCBTMB is proud to add four exceptionally qualified individuals to the board to help guide, strengthen and advance the standards within the massage therapy and bodywork profession," said Neal Delaporta, NCBTMB Chair.
Source: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
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