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Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
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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