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Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
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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