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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
CAMTC Begins Sunset Review Process
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The California Massage Therapy Council, which was created by the legislature in 2008 to establish state certification for trained massage therapists, is beginning preparations for the council's sunset review process.Unless renewed by the legislature, the CAMTC is due to sunset at the end of 2014.
According to CEO Ahmos Netanel, the CAMTC will receive its customized sunset questionnaire from the legislature in March of 2013, and has until December to submit its answers. As a part of this process, the CAMTC board spent considerable time at its September and October meetings to address the sunset review process and whether or not the structure, fees or current voluntary certification process should be altered or if things should remain as they are. "On October 12, 2012 the Board voted to recommend keeping CAMTC certification voluntary, however the Board may reconsider it in the future," said Netanel. "Keeping certification voluntary helps keep cost down and fees reasonable."
One potential change the Board did discuss was the possibility that the CAMTC would be moved from an independent entity to falling under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Netanel said, "the Board has reviewed this option and has taken a position against it. The lean and efficient way by which CAMTC has been operating already made it the new model for professional regulation, making such a scenario highly unlikely."
Another issue the CAMTC has faced since it's inception has been creating positive relationships with cities and counties and their local law enforcement agencies. Prior to the CAMTC's creation, there was no statewide standard for massage certification, rather it was up to local jurisdictions to decide what ordinances and regulations were established and enforced. This created situations where massage therapists were required to obtain certification on a city-by-city or county-by-county basis, depending on where they were in the state. In creating the CAMTC, the bill specifically prohibits a city or county from enacting an ordinance that would regulate the practice of massage therapy by a certificate holder. However, according to the bill, cities and counties did retain the right to enforce local ordinances regarding zoning, business licensing and health and safety requirements for massage businesses.
According to Netanel those relationships have improved since the Council's early days. "CAMTC has worked hard to educate cities, counties and their law enforcement agencies about the legitimate massage therapy profession and I'm happy to say that we now have relationships that are respectful and cooperative," said Netanel. "Since CAMTC's inception, we had more than 40 meetings with individual cities, presented in more than 10 city council meetings and conducted more than 10 workshops for local government officials. In addition, CAMTC published an article in the League of California Cities monthly magazine, as well as worked with the League representatives. We also worked with the California State Association of Counties and presented at the California Police Chiefs Association. Three of our senior staff members work daily with local government officials on matters of public protection, compliance with the state massage law and development of local regulations that may affect certified professionals."
As of mid-October, the CAMTC has certified 35,309 massage professionals, with 1,251 applications pending. "We believe that sunset review is a healthy and important part of the organization's growth. Everyone at CAMTC is excited and optimistic about the future of CAMTC and the massage profession."
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