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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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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