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Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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?
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Entry-Level Analysis Project Publishes Report
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
In March 2012, the Coalition of Natioanl Massage Therapy Organizations initiated the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) with the goals of "defining the knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools schould teach to prepare graducates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession."
After 21 months of collaboration and more than 500 pages later, the ELAP working group has issued two reports: "The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report" (Final Report) and "The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint" (The Blueprint).Member organizations who are part of the Coalition include: the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutuitic Massage and Bodywork.
In a statement released after publication of these reports, the Coalition explained that two concerns were at the top of the list in the early stages of the ELAP process, which they cited as "inconsistent quality, depth and focus of entry-level massage therapy education and a lack of licensure portability (professional mobility)." The initial objective of the group was to "identify and gain agreement on what should be core elements of entry-level massage therapy instructional programs - the knowledge and skills an entrant to the profession should possess to be ready to work safely and competently with clients."
And so a seven person working group was formed to address these concerns. Group members included Pat Archer, Clint Chandler, Rick Garbowski, Tom Lochhaas, Jim O'Hara, Cynthia Ribeiro and Ann Williams. According to the Coalition statement, "the ELAP process illuminated some predictable strengths in massage education, but also some wide ranging knowledge and skill gaps." The statement also says that "neither the Coalition nor its constituent organizations endorse every specific recommended sub-topic, activity or propsed weighting in the report." The group found that approximately 625 classroom hours of "capable instruction" would be necessary for students to acquire the core skills.
That number of 625 falls close to the average for most massage regulated states. Most regulated states now require 500 total educational hours, while others require more than the 625 recommended. The Coaltiion does "encourage interested parties to focus less upon the total hours and more on recommended subject matter and sub topics. It is vital to understand what The Core is not - it is not a complete massage school curriculum. The contents of this report are seen as the core - the foundational knowledge and skills every beginning massage therapist should possess - that should be part of every entry-level massage instructional program, but not the entirety."
The Coalition hopes this report will influence several professional groups within the massage profession. For the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Coalition hopes they will "use The Core as it builds guidelines for a model practice act." They also hope state licensing boards will use "The Core in setting education requirements for licensees.
The Coalition hopes the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education will "refer to The Core in creating teacher training standards and curricula and that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork will use "The Core as it identifies beginning vs. advanced knowledge and skills for its Board Certified credential."
The Coalition believes that the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation can use "The Core in evaluating massage and bodywork curricula for programmatic accreditation" and that "schools owners, admimninistrators and faculty can use The Core to strengthen or validate curricula and to adopt consistent learning outcomes."
"We believe that the efforts of work group members have resulted in an extraordinary, ground breaking body of work. Their Blueprint, and the underlying process described in the report, gains strength from its intellectual integrity and independence."
Both reports are available for download at www.elapmassage.org.
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