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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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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