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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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
June 12, 2012
AFMTE Conference Focuses on Teacher Standards
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
At its third annual conference, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) focused on "creating an atmosphere of collaboration, respect and mutual support." During its meetings in Tucson June 7th through the 9th, the AFMTE decided its priority going forward would be to establish standards for massage school teachers through its National Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP).
The Board issued this statement at the conclusion of the conference: "The Board feels this meeting was an incredible success. It brought together a distinguished group of the field's leading educators, more than 24 nationally published authors and educators from schools across the nation. Keynote speaker Benny Vaughn's inspirational opening reminded us that a profession is judged by how it educates its members. The group produced an overwhelming consensus that teacher standards are needed in the profession. Great work was done producing the TESP, which will establish standards for massage school teachers. Also, workshops provided participants with training in educational research, communication skills, social media and busting myths."
According to the Alliance, the reason behind establishing the TESP is as follows: "While educational and testing requirements are commonplace for the licensure of massage therapists, there are few jurisdictions that currently require instructors of massage therapy to have specific training in the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) of teaching. As a result, the majority of teachers in this field have not been trained to teach. Knowing how to give a competent massage requires a different skill set than what is needed to teach massage therapy and related subjects." For additional information about the TESP, visit the Alliance website at www.afmte.org/teacher-standards/.
The Alliance also re-elected several new board members including Heather Piper, Stephanie Beck, Cherie Sohnen-Moe, Su Bibik, Iris Burman and Pete Whitridge to the Board of Directors and Tim Herbert, Tracy Walton, Joe Lubow, Susan Beck and Debra Curties to the Leadership Development Committee. The Alliance also raised $800 for the Massage Therapy Foundation through a chair massage fund raiser. Breakout sessions included "Busting Myths and Teaching Critical Thinking Skills," taught by Massage Today columnist Tracy Walton; "Educational Research: What Is It, What We Can Learn From Other Organizations" taught by Martha Brown Menard; "How to Use Social Media as a Lead Generating Marketing Tool and Not a Waste of Time" taught by Massage Today contributor Stephanie Beck; "How to Create Connections to Get Into the Community" by Susan Beam; "Ethics Panel: Ethical Issues in the Classroom" with Nancy Dail, Cherie Sohnen-Moe, Terri Yardley-Nohr and Pat Benjamin; and "Advanced SAVI: How to Translate This Into the Classroom" by Massage Today columnist Ben Benjamin.
John Weeks delivered the keynote presentation: "ACCAHC and Collaboration in our National heath Care System." Weeks discussed a health care system that "will deliver effective care that is patient (client) centered, focused on health creation and healing and readily accessible to all populations," with massage therapy having a seat at the table.
Other massage organizations attending the Alliance conference included representatives from the Massage Therapy Foundation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the American Massage Therapy Association and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.
According to the statement issued by the Board, "overall, the Board was thrilled with the outcome of the conference. According to participant's evaluations, it was a 5-star event." For more information about this conference, the TESP or how to become an Alliance member, visit www.afmte.org.
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