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News in Brief
While indignation may be your immediate reaction to H.R. 5780, the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2014, the American Chiropractic Association suggests the legislation is just what the chiropractic profession needs.
Two for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
In today's healthcare system, diagnoses and treatment plans follow a western medical model - especially if you work with attorneys or insurance companies.
Animal Acupuncture Gaining in Popularity
We have just finished the year of the fire hoarse and now it is time to spend some time alone, daydreaming and thinking outside the box in terms of where our profession is headed. The sheep person is well organized and creative so this should not be difficult to do.
Taking the Freeze Out of Adhesive Capsulitis
Adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder" is a relatively common condition resulting in severe shoulder pain and global loss of glenohumeral joint range of motion. Incidence of the condition is approximately 3 percent in the general population.
The Static Postural Pelvic Exam
I include a static postural analysis in my evaluation routine whether you are a patient in pain or an elite-sport athlete in training. In my day-to-day practice, I require patients to stand still while I "just look" at them.
I Felt it in My Fingers First
I'm not afraid to say it. Massage therapists make better acupuncturists. I'll tell you how I know, but first I have a question: What do a microcurrent device, a laser and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing: Importance of Opening the Sensory Portals in Classical Chinese Medicine
The Chinese medical classics are not just clinical guides. They give advice; ways we can awaken more fully into conscious awareness.
Trouble Down Under: San Zhen Therapy for Lower Jiao Issues
In the last several columns, I have discussed many clinical options for utilizing San Zhen or Three Needle Therapy. In this installment, I will continue this trend and discuss several foundational patterns which can be found in several very common clinical presentations.
Age and Fertility: Why We Should Worry Less About Age and More About Overall Health
Recently, on one of the acupuncture alumni forums, the topic of age and fertility came up when a practitioner posted a question regarding a patient that was about to turn 40-years-old.
Show Up and Show Respect
I was recently asked about my chiropractic philosophy. My answer surprised my questioner.
How to Use Online Video as a Tool to Market Your Practice
Health care practitioners, including chiropractors, should consider online videos as a key element of their Internet marketing strategy. In the next three years, videos are expected to account for nearly 70 percent of all consumer online traffic, according to Cisco.
Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness, Part 2
In Part I of this article, we detailed the variety of environmental toxins assaulting our bodies. These include pesticides and herbicides; plastics; preservatives; cosmetics; gasoline additives, solvents and glues; and heavy metals.
AWB Makes a Difference in the Yucatan
We are in the sleepy town of Izamal, located about an hour from the Merida airport where our group arrived last night. Later that morning, on a bus winding through the dusty roads of the Yucatan, fourteen acupuncturists, two facilitators from AWB and two tour guides make their way to the small rustic town of Popola.
The Way of Zen Performance Enhancement
Working with elite athletes and implementing various techniques to keep athletes focused and at their optimal performance for a sustained period of time includes incorporating various meditation techniques that counterbalance their sport-specific physical and mental demands, which is an important element of success throughout the years.
Three for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
Taking the time to do an exam is important, but it is time spent. The exam serves as a way to physically validate your clinical impression following a history and clinical consultation.
Fight Colorectal Cancer With Folic Acid
CRC is the second most common cause of cancer mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Although genetic susceptibility plays a role in the etiology of CRC, dietary factors, including certain vitamins, have also been shown to influence the development of the disease in various studies.
Movement Assessments: The DC's Sphygmomanometer
I think back to when I was going through chiropractic school outpatient clinic. I was embarrassed to have my family and friends come in for treatment because initial evaluations took three hours to complete.
Helping to Create the Healthiest Generation
The imperative to create the "Healthiest Generation by 2030," envisioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), was in full force at the APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans from November 15-19, 2014.
Happy New Year 2015 Gong Hoy Fat Choi
Welcome to the year of the sheep! We begin a new year guided by the sign of a quietly and creatively organized animal.
We Get Letters & Email
Rethinking Our Approach to Immunization; Coming Together for the Good of Our Patients.
The App Advantage: Get More for Less
You may have noticed the list of "app-exclusive" articles in the directory on the front page of the print issue and in the Table of Contents on page 4. You can't find these articles in print or even in our online archives.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Occupational LBP in Primary- and High-School Teachers; Treating MVA Complications With Chiropractic Care; Neck Pain: Immediate Effects of Active Scapular Correction; Taping Benefits Stride, Step Length in Fatigued Runners.
Right Back Where We Started?
More than 25 years after Judge Susan Getzendanner issued her historic opinion in the Wilk v AMA anti-trust case, evidence suggests that despite increasing collaboration between doctors of chiropractic and their allopathic medical counterparts, when it comes to organized medicine, we may be right back where we started.
Professionalism and Evidence-Based Health Care
Today's chiropractors are facing a conundrum with the Affordable Care Act and its health care reform requirements, including evidence-based practice and health technology assessment.
Ringing in the Billing New Year
What are the new modifiers that replace modifier 59? Will they allow doctors of chiropractic to be paid for 97140, manual therapy, when done with chiropractic manipulation?
Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) has grown and flourished from its inception thousands of years ago in China. In surrounding regions of Asia, AOM developed as a response to differing cultural, pathological, health and wellness care needs.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
Your Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions Get Answered by NCBTMB
By Alexa Zaledonis, NCBTMB Board of Directors
There are many exciting changes going on at the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The outcome is going to be amazing, but during this transition, I know there are questions floating around that I would love to address.I know everyone understands that change can be a challenge and that to be successful change must be executed in proper order. Like putting your shoes on before your pants, it just doesn't work. Sometimes this order seems like it takes forever, but have no fear, we have been working very hard and are going to be unveiling great products and programs throughout the remainder of 2012.
So, to help clarify any confusion, here are the top five frequently asked questions massage therapists are asking and we want to answer:
You have exams now and a new one coming out in 2013. I am not sure if I took the exam, need to take the exam, already took it and can't remember... please can you explain the differences?
Let me make this as simple as I can. If you are not sure you took one of the National Certification exams please call NCBTMB at 1-800-296-0664, or e-mail , and we will be happy to work with you and let you know.
Today through December 31, 2012, we offer two exams – the NCETM and the NCETMB. These exams can be taken just as they have been for more than 20 years. Actually, we suggest you DO take our exams and become Nationally Certified by the end of the year. Why, you ask? If you jump on the train of National Certification now, you will have four years from your recertification date to complete the rest of the requirements to become Board Certified without taking the Board exam. If you are ready sooner, you can convert to Board Certification at that time. Of course, if you choose not to become Nationally Certified now, you can take the new Board Certification exam at a later date and meet the new requirements.
As of January 1, 2013, we will still offer the NCETM and the NCETMB exams, BUT they will only be used to fulfill state licensing requirements and will NOT be used for board certification. The new Board Certification exam will be available as a voluntary credential beginning with the first quarter of 2013.
I am sure that I am Nationally Certified. Do I need to renew now or wait until the new credential comes out?
If you are due to recertify before December 31, 2012, then renew now. By keeping your National Certification in an active status, you will have four years from your recertification date to complete the new requirements to become Board Certified, without taking the Board Certification exam. Don't wait and let your status lapse because you will have to take the new exam! If you are due to recertify in 2013 and are not ready to meet the new eligibility requirements at that time, you may want to recertify by the end of this year (2012) to give yourself more time to meet the new requirements.
I took one of your exams under the NESL option, but I never converted to National Certification. Do I have to take the new Board Certification exam to get the Board Credential?
This depends. If it has been less than two years since the date of your exam, then you can convert to National Certification. You must convert two years from the date of your exam or by December 31, 2012; whichever comes first. By keeping your National Certification status active, you will not have to take the new Board Certification exam, you will just need to meet all other requirements. If it has been longer than two years since your exam date, you will have to meet all Board Certification requirements, including the new exam. Stay in active status and you won't have to take another test. Active is good, while inactive is bad.
My school is only 500 hours; do I have to increase my hours to 750 to stay in compliance?
No, you do not have to increase the hours. NCB's two licensing exams are based on a 500-hour program. Board Certification is voluntary and can only be achieved after graduation and meeting the new Board requirements. Your current program is a sure fit for our licensing exam and then you can begin down the pathway of becoming Board Certified through continuing education to meet the additional 250-hour education requirement (750 total).
I have been a therapist for a long time, but my situation is different than a lot of other people. How will you help me?
This is a question we hear a lot. Many therapists have had very unique pathways to their massage career and we recognize that everyone does not fit into a "box." We will have portfolio review specialists that can look at your specific situation to help determine what you need to do to become eligible for Board Certification without starting your life over again! Remember, we are in this together.
Another questions we're often asked is what about specialties? Rest assured, the NCB Board has completed a lot of research and listened carefully and we agree that massage therapists need to be recognized in their area of concentration. Look at the Board Certification as a credential that is followed by a concentration. For example, it's just like university studies, like getting a BS with a concentration in finance. We get it. Just hang tight, there is more to come and it is going to be great.
I can't tell you everything now or you won't read my next article. If you have any questions, we are here to help. Please call us (800-296-0664) or send us an e-mail ( ) with your questions. I remain committed to raising the standards and creating an exciting pathway for massage therapists to build and grow their careers.
Editor's Note: For additional information about the new NCBTMB Board Certification, read "NCB Announces New Credential" from the May 2012 issue of Massage Today.
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