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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.
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?"
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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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