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Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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?
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.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
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.
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.
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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