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To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
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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