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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
FSMTB Questions Article, Columnist Whitney Lowe Responds
By Editorial Staff
I write to correct some misinformation that appeared in the November, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 11 edition of Massage Today in the article authored by Whitney Lowe.Specifically, it is not correct that the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) questions the need for continuing education for massage therapists. On the contrary, like Mr. Lowe, the FSMTB acknowledges a need to continuously enhance the knowledge and skills of the massage professional. The FSMTB posits that this is the primary role of membership and voluntary certification organizations. Therefore, the FSMTB recommends that professional enhancement and extended continuing education be encouraged and voluntarily attained at the discretion of the therapist, and that this continuing education be acceptable, but not mandated, for licensure renewal.
The purpose of initial licensing is to determine the minimum acceptable level of knowledge and skill to ensure that the therapist is sufficiently competent to provide safe and effective massage after entry level training. To require more than the minimum acceptable level of competence for licensure renewal would set a more rigorous standard for renewing therapists who not only hold the same license as initial licensees, but who also have typically gained experience.
In addition, the regulatory community does not differentiate between massage practices of relaxation and wellness enhancement and those practices that view massage as a healthcare modality. Roughly half of the licensing states regulate massage as a healthcare profession and the other half as a service profession. The broad umbrella of regulation serves to allow greater flexibility for the various modalities and philosophies encompassed in this profession for licensure purposes; however, mandating that all therapists take continuing education in massage for the healthcare industry is neither practical nor necessary. In fact, the research evidence in the Massage Therapy Job Task Analysis indicates that at entry level, i.e., the level for licensure, there is no significant difference in practice between therapists in the spa, medical, or alternative medical settings.
The FSMTB recently created standardized licensure renewal recommendations which can be viewed on its website at fsmtb.org under the "What's New" section or at: www.fsmtb.org/downloads/Standardized_License_Renewal_Recommendation_Final.pdf
The FSMTB appreciates the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding continuing professional competence and thanks Massage Today for featuring this topic. We are also deeply appreciative of the contributions made by Whitney Lowe regarding this important issue and hope that this information serves to inform ongoing conversations.
Whitney Lowe Responds
To the Editor:
Thank you very much for your attention to addressing these serious concerns about continuing education requirements that were mentioned in my article. I appreciate Debra Persinger's statement of the FSMTB stance on continuing education. However, I would not characterize my original statement in the article as misinformation. I will clarify my point in saying that the FSMTB is questioning the need for continuing education for licensure renewal.
I recognize that the FSMTB is saying there is value in CE, but it is also true that their proposal is questioning the need for continuing education to be mandatory for licensure renewal. At the current time, continuing education is mandatory for licensure renewal in most states. The new FSMTB proposal suggests that continuing education would no longer be mandatory. To me, that is questioning the need for continuing education (for licensure renewal).
In addition, Ms. Persinger states: "…mandating that all therapists take continuing education in massage for the healthcare industry is neither practical nor necessary." I would agree with this statement, but also point out that this is not the current situation. Continuing education courses currently cover a very wide group of subjects, and certainly are not limited to topics related to massage as a healthcare approach.
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