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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
August, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 08
Legislative Evolution in Texas
By Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, CCMT and Pamela Ellen Ferguson, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® and GSD-CI, LMT (TX)
Texas members of various associations of massage, bodywork and Asian bodywork therapies are busy forming a new Texas Legislative Coalition to prepare for an advisory board. Solid legislative efforts by the Texas Association of Massage Therapists (TAMT), the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM), the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Texas Medical Association, recently helped to kill the Texas Health Freedom Coalition Bills SB 1084 and HB 1716 at the end of the Texas 82nd Legislative session in June.
The Complementary and Alternative Health Care Services Bills would have given anyone the right to practice anything on a shopping list of more than 20 professions and techniques, including Bodywork, Acupressure, Traditional Oriental Practices such as Qigong Energy Healing, Polarity, Folk Practices, Mind-Body Healing Practices, Cranial-Sacral and more, without licensing or certification or minimal education requirements. The random list was proposed without any apparent reference to or support from national organizations which represent the major professions within bodywork therapies.
The solid clout of opposing voices was the peak of legislative discussions prompted by a historic and unique April 7th roundtable meeting during the AOBTA national convention in Austin. Organized jointly by Janine Ray, TAMT Legislative Director, and Pamela Ferguson, former AOBTA Director of Council of Schools and Programs, the meeting included some 25 national and state representatives from TAMT, AMTA, AOBTA, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), Feldenkrais Guild of America (FGNA), the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI) and the United States Trager Association (USTA). Everyone gathered to discuss legislation that was currently in the Texas House and Senate, as well as the proposed bill that TAMT had been working on that would make the conforming changes to HB 2644 to combine all Bodywork Therapists, Asian Bodywork Therapists and Massage Therapists under a Massage and Bodywork License which would also honor the respective educational requirements and scopes of practice.
FSMTB's Model Practice Act
Coincidentally, the April 7th meeting happened to fall in the same week that the FSMTB announced their special Task Force to craft a Model Practice Act (MPA) for Massage and Bodywork. The purpose, as summarized by Debra Persinger, FSMTB Executive Director, and Sally Hacking, Director of Government Relations, is to provide a resource to legislatures and boards, to establish standards of minimal competencies, educational requirements, methods of addressing consumer complaints and evidence of unethical practice. The FSMTB chose a seven member task torce from their 41 member states. Six members represent their respective state massage therapy boards, including Deborah Overholt of New Jersey, who is also Legislative Director of the AOBTA. The seventh member is Yvonne Feinleib, director of the Texas Department of State Health Services Massage Therapy program. The task force's first report is expected in October.
While there was a consensus of opinion regarding the wisdom of a comprehensive MT/BT Bill at the April 7th meeting, former AOBTA President Debra Howard pointed out potential problems that would need to be clarified and addressed as Texas moves thoughtfully toward a new bill. Howard quoted an example of scope of practice issues in Louisiana, where ABTs must be licensed as Massage Therapists. Moxibustion, a traditional Chinese technique within the scope of practice for ABTs, was banned by the state massage board after an unqualified MT instructor incorrectly taught the technique in a classroom.
To continue resolving all of the above issues with a view to achieving some solid common goals, including honoring differences within the various professions of Bodywork Therapy, Asian Bodywork Therapy and Massage Therapy, the Texas members of the various associations expressed a collective need to form a new Texas Legislative Massage and Bodywork Coalition. The aim is to fine tune a piece of legislation that would detail and clarify the definitions of massage and bodywork, core competencies, and ethical issues related to protecting the public. The aim is work in tandem with the DSHS.
The ultimate vision is to evolve into an all inclusive advisory board to discuss issues like a grandfathering clause, and how this will impact independent schools and community colleges, as well as all facets of the professions. Of course any proposed legislation will depend on the necessary budget allocation for DSHS to implement the bill.
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