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5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
April 6, 2011
California Certification Recognition Awaits
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
As of January 2011, over 25,000 massage therapists have applied for their professional, portable statewide certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).However, astonishing as it may be, still there are some California therapists are still not aware of the single portable statewide certification that exempts them from local and city ordinances. Certification from CAMTC not only gives a certificate holder freedom to practice statewide for at an affordable cost for TWO years but cultivates the respect of the public as a state regulated health care professional.
Senate Bill 731, the voluntary certification and regulation of California's massage therapists, was signed into law Sept. 27, 2008. The bill created the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), a private and non-profit entity, overseen by the legislature and run by a volunteer board of directors. The Councils objective is to protect the public by providing a comprehensive regulation and certification of massage therapists working in California. CAMTC has made great strides since its inception for therapists, the public and the massage profession as a whole.
With CAMTC certification, a therapist can practice throughout California with one convenient, portable, statewide certification. This finally eliminates the hassle of getting a city permit in every city a therapist chooses to work. Many employers are also choosing to hire only CAMTC-certified therapists. According to a survey of over 160 California massage therapy employers, over 61 percent that responded require that their therapists be CAMTC-certified.
Certification from CAMTC distinguishes a therapist in the eyes of the public and other health care professionals. Esteem and reliability is created when a health care practitioner has state-recognized certification. The titles, "certified massage therapist (CMT) or certified massage practitioner (CMP)", are exclusively reserved for those certified by CAMTC. (Note: The "certified massage practitioner" title will likely phases out completely as higher educational standards are adopted in California.) A qualified rapport is established with other health care providers when standing on common grounds of statewide regulation and restricted use of a professional title.
Currently, an application fee of $150 (fee subject to change) covers two years to practice statewide. This single fee is significantly lower than many individual cities' permit fees, let alone multiple city and county agencies' permits. CAMTC's CEO, Ahmos Netanel, summarized a massive study by CAMTC staff consisting of 8,000 therapists in over 30 municipalities. He explained, "The weighted, average amount a massage therapist has to spend for the first two years, assuming they work for an establishment, is $482. Much more if they work for themselves."
According to Kerry Lorimer, "Now that I'm a CAMTC-certified massage therapist, I have the freedom to practice anywhere in the state of California with full respect as a professional. And, with one simple fee for two years, it's more affordable for my budget. I'm proud to share with everyone that I've earned statewide recognition in California with my CMT credentials."
In addition, the city cannot require a massage establishment permit, other than a standard business license, if all the massage therapists in the place of business are certified by the CAMTC. This is fantastic news for many therapists and spa owners who have been subject to onerous regulations from cities and counties.
The intent set forth in SB 731, is to provide a system that makes it easy to identify credible massage professionals. By establishing a clearinghouse of information on massage certification applicants around the state, the public gains a clear, verifiable measure of a massage therapists credibility. When a therapist is CAMTC certified the public can rest assured that the therapist is legitimately educated.
The path to certification is fair, efficient and accommodating. Rest assured, CAMTC will not deny an applicant for working without a permit in the past. However, if he/she has been cited in the past and doesn't disclose it on the application, it may be cause for denial. It is best to reveal all the facts. CAMTC does not worry about whether or not an applicant worked for themselves, or even had a permit or business license in the past. The opportunity to come out in the open and work as a California certified massage therapist is now.
Moreover, there are several portals to certification to accommodate the needs of different therapists, which can all be viewed on the CAMTC Web site: www.camtc.org. Click on the "Certification" tab and select "Pathways to Certification" where a step by step set of directions will guide you through the simple process.
Be aware, one portal that closes at the end of this year should be noted, Portal E. This portal produces a "conditional certificate", available for the title, "massage practitioner", until Dec. 31, 2011, for those who have 100 hours of BPPVE approved education but do not have work experience documented. The condition states that the "massage practitioner" must complete at least 30 hours of massage education a year until they meet the 250-hour requirement. This "conditional certificate" was created to help therapists of long-standing stature whose schools may have closed and can no longer get transcripts.Certification marks an enormous victory for the thousands of California therapists who have long awaited the convenience and professionalism of statewide certification. As always, I appreciate your comments at .
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