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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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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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