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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
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December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
New Board Chair for NCBTMB
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced the addition of new Board Chair, Dr. Leena Guptha, D.O., after the recent resignation of Susan Toscano."For personal reasons," said Toscano, "I have decided at this time to resign as Chair for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I have decided to pursue alternative professional directions at this time. I express this with genuine appreciation to everyone with whom I have had the pleasure to accompany over many years of dedicated service and contribution to the field of massage therapy and bodywork. I wish you relaxation, peace of mind and wellness — the true work and the real gift of our profession."
Dr. Guptha worked closely with Toscano, previously serving as Chair-Elect for the NCBTMB. "On behalf of everyone at NCBTMB, I express a debt of gratitude to former Chair Sue Toscano with whom I have worked closely for more than a decade. We all wish her well in all that she does and her future endeavors. I am humbled, honored and privileged to take up the challenges and the torch for NCBTMB and I look forward to reaching out to all of you in the very near future."
Steve Kirin, CEO, acknowledged Toscano's contributions. "It has been a pleasure for me to work side-by-side with Sue for the past few months and I wish her tremendous success in her future endeavors. Moving forward, I fully support and look forward to working with Dr. Guptha in this role."
Debunking The Myths
In an exclusive interview with Massage Today, Dr. Guptha shared her belief that the biggest road blocks at the moment are the myths and misunderstandings behind the idea of Board Certification. In May of 2012, the NCBTMB announced it's new board credential. The requirements for obtaining the new board certification credential include passing the Board Certification Exam, 750 hours of education, 250 hours of hands-on work experience (25 hours of community service may be credited toward this requirement), successful completion of a criminal background check and a commitment to adhere to the NCB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. At the time of the announcement, the NCBTMB said additional qualifications for this credential would be determined based on feedback from the profession.
In making the board certification announcement, NCB also said that those therapists that graduated from a program with fewer than 750 hours of education, would be required to complete continuing education for make up for the difference. These continuing education courses must meet NCB's definition of continuing education and be taken from an NCB assigned school, an NCB approved provider or an accredited college or university. For currently nationally certified massage therapists to achieve board certification, they must meet the board certification eligibility criteria as of their next recertification date and passing the board certification exam will not be required.
"The ultimate goal is to have recognition within the medical community, in working with physicians," said Dr. Guptha. "In my experience in hospitals, the stumbling block with doctors was that massage therapists didn't have a credential to prove that the therapist had achieved the proper educational requirements. Medical professionals understand and want certifications. It is going to take some work on our part to spread the word that there is a higher board certification within the profession for those wanting to work in the medical setting."
In a November webinar hosted by NCBTMB, Dr. Guptha explained her thoughts regarding the higher credential. "Choosing a higher credential is voluntary; it can distinguish the more qualified therapist from an entry level therapist. It shows a commitment to the profession and the consumer. Just like the medical profession uses and recognizes the board certification credentials, in our profession we are at the earliest stage of this process. Board Certification creates a career pathway that usually provides a gateway to specialty certification. Also, I am actually not aware of any other group that has a board certification in massage therapy and bodywork."
In addressing another question during the webinar, Dr. Guptha further explained the difference between entry-level licensure and the higher level board certification. "Board Certification is a higher credential than licensure. It's a commitment to the profession and to the consumer. Board Certification allows a more advanced therapist to distinguish themselves from a from an entry-level therapist. It is modeled on the medical profession, the next step in creating a career pathway for our profession. Board Certification requires advocacy from the Board, the stakeholders and the certificants to disseminate these values, just like it has been in the history for both old and new medical board certifications."
Communication is Key
Dr. Guptha also quickly acknowledged that communication is going to be key to the NCB's activities over the next several months. "I'm 20 days into my role as chair right now, so I'm taking stock of the landscape and what I've seen is that there is a tremendous amount of confusion," said Dr. Guptha. "What I'm realizing is that if people don't understand where we are today, it's going to be very difficult to move forward."
"While I believe there has not been enough communication with stakeholders and certificants, I also believe it is just as important for me to listen to those same groups so I can better understand the questions and concerns that are out there in the profession," said Dr. Guptha. "Staying in touch with our certificants is really vital to our future and the focus and attention has not been there. It's going to take a collective effort because collaboration and support are essential to moving forward."
Editor's Note: Massage Today will continue it's discussion with Dr. Guptha in the January 2014 issue. Dr. Guptha will address the questions surrounding the NCBTMB's approved provider program.
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