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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Alliance Strives for Teaching Excellence
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) recently held its fourth annual conference in St. Charles, Missouri, in the hopes of "Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence" and bringing together the leading educators in the massage profession.In addition to discussing AFMTME's Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP), there were keynotes and additional teacher training sessions. More than 130 educators participated in what has arguably become the most well attended education conference in the massage therapy profession.
The conference tackled some tough topics including opportunities and responsibilities of the profession to participate in the Affordable Care Act, unified core competencies, uniform teacher standards and brainstorming on the future of massage therapy education. Long-time Massage Today columnist Whitney Lowe shared his insights into "Creating the 21st Century Teacher," and how massage teachers can utilize technology to better reach the students of today. And Janet Kahn discussed the potential behind the profession's involvement in the Affordable Care Act. Several workshop sessions were also offered including Instructional Strategies to Motivate Your Students by Whitney Lowe and Coming to Agreement on Core Curriculum by Kate Zulaski and Dr. Tony Mirando. Sue Toscano and Donna Sarvello from The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), also presented an update to continuing education providers.
At few conferences will Winona Bontrager, President of AMTA, Ruth Werner, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation, Karen Armstrong, VP of the FSMTB, Sue Toscano, Chair of the NCBTMB, Anne Williams, Director of Education for ABMP, and Kate Zulaski, Executive Director of COMTA, come together in the same room and entertain questions from the audience. With education as the common denominator, groups that otherwise seem to be opposed to each other, come together to discuss common concerns and goals.
The AFMTE is a relatively new organization, with a mission to champion the education sector of the massage profession. With this fourth conference, the AFMTE has established a forum for broad discussion of massage education. The AFMTE explains its rationale as standing "for the interests of the education sector" and "taking its place among other stakeholder groups that comprise the massage therapy field." After a slightly rocky start, the organization has moved forward with several initiatives, has more than 300 members and put itself in respectable financial shape by proclaiming themselves debt free during the business portion of the conference.
The AFMTE sets itself apart from other groups through the following goals:
With its emphasis on strengthening and improving massage therapy education, the AFMTE launched its Teacher Education Standards Project with a five phase approach, recognizing this process could take five to ten years to compile the necessary feedback from all stakeholder groups and complete the final standards.
A first draft of the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers was sent to AFMTE members for review in advance of the 2011 Annual Massage Conference in Charleston, SC. At this meeting, discussion forums were held to receive feedback from the education community on the proposed standards. The Committee then reviewed both verbal and submitted written comments, and a second draft was presented at this year's conference for public comment by the massage therapy field. This last round of input will be considered as the final document is prepared for adoption.
Once the standards are defined in the competencies document, a model teacher training curriculum will be created as a recommended template, which leads to the next phase of identifying and developing teacher training resources. The next step will be to create a voluntary certification program as a vehicle for teachers to demonstrate they have, in fact, achieved the core competencies that have been established. The final, and largest goal of the TESP, is to work with national accrediting commissions and state regulatory agencies to incorporate these teacher education standards.
Currently, the AFMTE has completed Phase 1 of the TESP and has published the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. According to the AFMTE, this document, "is the first of its kind in the massage therapy field and describes the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) needed for teachers to produce successful and consistent outcomes with adult learners in a variety of educational settings."
A variety of attendees from massage school directors, teachers, CE providers and representatives of the primary stakeholder organizations participated in sessions providing input on the initial versions of the competencies. A preliminary draft was also sent to members for comment and any feedback received will be used by the committee in the development of the final document. Following a public comment period of 60 days, the committee will review all the feedback submitted and make needed revisions to complete the Core Competencies document.
In a post conference statement to Massage Today, the Board said, "We feel it was one of the most successful conferences yet. It was very rewarding to have feedback from Continuing Education Providers, School owners and teachers that were implementing the Core Competencies. We also received tremendous feedback from attendees on how to move the Core Competencies forward. We believe we surpassed our goal for creating a culture of teaching excellence by creating a core of collaboration and unity from all organizations. It was great to have all sectors represented and coming together at the table to discuss and share with a common goal. Organizations represented were: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association, Federation of State Massage Therapy Board, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork."
To view the presenter info from the 2012 AFMTE conference or to learn more about the AFMTE Teacher Education Standards Project and comment on the Core Competencies, visit the AFMTE website at www.afmte.org.
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