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Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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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