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Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
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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