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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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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