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NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05
FSMTA Creates Waves of Possibilities
By Editorial Staff
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) brings you waves of possibilities at this year's convention held at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World in beautiful Orlando, Florida beginning Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.
The FSMTA conventions are known for providing attendees with a rich learning environment along with plenty of opportunities for meeting industry leaders, vendors, and making new friends at lively social events. And this year is no different.
The FSMTA 2011 "Waves of Possibilities" convention will be thriving with educational courses from top educators, networking opportunities with industry leaders, vital product information along with plenty of motivation and inspiration for massage therapists and students alike.
Attendees can earn up to 20 hours of Florida and NCBTMB CE credits including all Florida-required courses. Educational opportunities include: "How Does Pediatric Massage Therapy Benefit Children With Autism (ASD)?" by Tina Allen, "How to Build Lasting Client Relationships" by Cherie Sohnen-Moe, "Orthopedic Massage" by James Waslaski, "Intro to Structural Relief Therapy" by Taya Countryman, "Massage and Hospice" by Ann Catlin, "The Big 4: Prevention of Medical Errors, Ethics, Law Review and HIV/AIDs Education" by Pete Whitridge, and so much more.
A full day Educator Summit will also take place on Saturday, June 25. Class sessions are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. including "ADA Compliance Strategies for Massage Therapy Instructors" and "Intro to Distance Education for Massage Therapy Instructors". A roundtable discussion, facilitated by Pete Whitridge, will be open to all educators and other interested parties from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Discussion will include the licensure process, national certification and examination, helping your students succeed, and more.
The Successful Start Program is Wednesday, June 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free program sponsored by FSMTA, Performance Health and Massage Warehouse, and is available only to massage therapy students and therapists licensed within the past two years. Program speakers and presentations include: Jay Edinger "Taxes and the Massage Therapist", Mike McGillicuddy "Self-Care and Wellness for the Massage Therapist", Joanna Godwin "Grow Your Practice With Community Outreach", Karen Ford "Good Therapists Can Get In Trouble", David Kent "Tips on Setting Up Your Office" and Angie Patrick "Massage Therapy Research: A Story of Love".
The philanthropic project, the Sanctuary, will be there supporting massage therapy research. The Sanctuary is always one of the most sought-after booths in the exhibit hall; so, stop by early and reserve your seat for a luxurious 10-minute treatment including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, hot/cold contrast protocols, herbal ball treatment and facial rejuvenating techniques. Your $10 donation for each 10-minute treatment will go toward the Touch Research Institute in support of Tiffany Field, and her research efforts with premature children and the benefits of massage therapy.
And don't miss the Saturday Night Banquet "Pearls of Wisdom - Gems of the Sea", which kicks off at 7:30 p.m and is sure to be the place for making new friends. This lively social event includes dinner, cash bar, awards, prize drawings and dancing!
Shop for luxurious products and services and meet the vendors themselves on the tradeshow floor. The hall opens Thursday evening for a welcome party, and then all day Friday and Saturday.
For every $10 spent in the exhibit hall, you will receive a prize drawing ticket from the FSMTA hospitality desk. Prizes, donated by exhibit hall vendors, will be raffled off during tradeshow hours. Cash drawings will also be held.
Your registration fee includes the welcome party with exhibitors and Saturday night banquet. The deadline for pre-registration is May 27. To register go to: https://secure.fsmta.org/login.asp?redir=register. Attendees can also take advantage of special pricing at Sea World of Orlando. For details, go to: http://4adventure.com/swf/ren_swf_convention.aspx
For more information about the convention, go to www.fsmta.org.
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