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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
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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