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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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
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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