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Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
December 14, 2010
ABMP Releases Biennial Research on Massage School Operations
Changes in Financial Aid Mix Since 2008
PRESS RELEASE - Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) today released results of its biennial survey of massage school operations, providing benchmarking data massage therapy schools and programs can use to evaluate their operations. ABMP has conducted the research since 1998 as a service to the profession.
In September, ABMP e-mailed a confidential survey to 1,229 massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy schools in the United States for which ABMP had e-mail addresses on file. ABMP received 253 responses, a 20.6 percent response rate. The survey results were tabulated and analyzed in October.
Of the respondents, nearly half were career schools, a quarter were proprietary, 20 percent were colleges, and the remaining 5 percent were public institutions. Nearly 70 percent of the responding schools reported being accredited.
Tuition and Attrition
Financial aid was reported as available to students in 150 of the schools surveyed, representing 73.9 percent of the 203 respondents who answered this question. The percentage of students receiving financial aid varied widely. The financial aid entities used by massage programs were as follows.
These figures represent a dramatic change from two years ago in that Sallie Mae declined over the two-year period from 65.5 percent to 48.2 percent, while Title IV financial aid jumped by 36.4 points from 46.8 percent in 2008 to 83.2 percent. Personal loans rocketed from 3.8 percent in 2008 to 66.4 percent this year.
Fifteen schools (7.4 percent) offer payment plans for students, while 10 schools rely on state aid (4.9 percent) and 13 schools (6.4 percent) offer scholarships, Veterans Administration funding, and work-study programs.
School attrition rates dropped slightly from the 14 percent reported in 2008 to 12.6 percent reported this year. In 2006, the average attrition rate was 9.9 percent and in 2004 it was 11 percent. This year, schools identified the top 10 reasons students say they do not complete school. Family or personal reasons and financial problems were the most common reasons students gave for leaving school.
Reflecting a trend over the last six years, schools report their most successful marketing efforts are word of mouth, their Web sites, and pay-per-click advertising. Of those answering the question, 92.4 percent named word of mouth (146 respondents) and their Web sites (145 respondents) as their most effective marketing tools. Social media are beginning to be used more often by schools for communication and marketing to prospects and students. More than 95 percent identified Facebook as their preferred medium for social networking efforts.
ABMP serves massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy professionals, and is devoted to promoting ethical practices, fostering acceptance of the profession, and protecting the rights of legitimate massage and bodywork practitioners. Representing more than 75,000 members, ABMP is headquartered in Golden, Colo. ABMP is employee owned and is the largest massage therapy membership association in the nation.
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