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  Little Muscles Can Create Big Pain  
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Sometimes it is the smallest of muscles that can create the most servere types of pain. Some clients come in to the clinic and report that hip and leg pain is so severe it caused them to visit an emergency room, a walk-in clinic or their primary care physician. Various tests were performed and x-rays taken. Medications and therapy were prescribed. The symptoms persisted, specialists were seen, more tests and imaging were ordered.
Board Structure And Educational Requirements Change
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1147, also known as the Massage Therapy Reform Act into law, passing specific measures to give local cities greater control over massage establishments, reauthorizing but reducing the size of the board of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and elevating the professional standards requirements. The bill also authorized the CAMTC to approve schools.
Agreement Reached With Fsmtb, MBLEx Now Only Exam Offered
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) have reached an agreement to make the the MBLEx the sole licensure exam for the profession. The NCB will now focus exclusively on its advanced Board Certiication credential (BCTMB), which will now be recognized as the highest attainable certifcation credential in the massage profession.
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and Anthem Education Group have been major players in the massage education sector over the past decade. Operating under the Everest brand, 50 of Corinthian's 120 campuses offered entry-level programs and were enrolling 5000 massage students a year at its peak.
By Linda LePelley, RN, NMT
In previous articles I have introduced elevated tissue density (TD), exposed its close association with pain and dysfunction, provided a tool to assist in its assessment and documentation and offered advice regarding its treatment. However, I have struggled to understand and explain what causes elevated TD.
By Whitney Lowe, LMT
Practitioners frequently get asked whether to use heat or cold for soft-tissue pain and injury problems. Of course, the correct answer is always that it depends on the nature of the client's condition. But, what are the key factors upon which heat or cold therapy depends? New research indicates the standard guidelines for hot/cold therapy may need to be reconsidered.
By Shannon Gilmartin, CMT, CMCE
Massage therapy is a profession where the benefits of retail are often overlooked. Retail products can be a great tool in both accentuating your work for the client at home, but also as a source for clients to take accountability and control of their wellness, in addition to being a source of revenue. There are many products available for your clients can take home to complement the work you did.
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