Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
May, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 05
National Board Moves Forward
NCBTMB Board Chair Donna Feeley and new CEO Chris Laxton discuss their vision of the board in 2007 and beyond.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
As reported in previous issues of Massage Today, considerable changes are taking place at the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.In a departure from its previous organizational structure, the NCBTMB recently hired Christopher E. Laxton as its new chief executive officer. Chris and new NCBTMB Chair Donna Feeley recently spoke to Massage Today about their goals and plans for the organization, including what they hope to accomplish in the broader CAM community.
Donna Feeley (DF): We are pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Laxton as our new CEO. He is a career professional with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management and communications, and 21 of those [years] are in health care. Most recently, he served as the CEO of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), which is a multidisciplinary organization of more than 10,000 health professionals providing and advocating for quality diabetes and self-management training. Chris also served as the executive director of the Washington-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and in leadership positions with the National Association for Home Care. He is a graduate of McGill University of Montreal, has been widely published in health care journals, and has been a frequent lecturer on strategic planning, decision-making and the role of professional and trade associations to national and international audiences.
Chris brings a really powerful combination of vision and leadership and health care experience that we really need and have been seeking at NCBTMB. His ideas, we find, are bold and he's completely committed to advancing the organization both internally and externally. The employment of a CEO reflects somewhat of a cultural departure in the NCBTMB from hiring an executive director. In his CEO role, Chris has greater latitude in strategic leadership, staffing and program management, as well as oversight of our $9 million budget. What I think is really great here is that he and I are very much in unison in our goals and aspirations for the future of the profession. And as we develop and implement our strategic plan for the next three years and beyond, Chris will be reporting to a revitalized board with several new board members. He will be leading a new management team consisting of several new positions, and some of these we didn't have before. We have a new Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Gary Hannah. We have a brand new Director of Education, Mark Lausch, and we have a new School Outreach Manager, Michele Garrett-Heim. And ... as I mentioned, [those are] positions that have [not] existed in NCBTMB before. Chris also will oversee the other range of things that we offer, including legislative certification, continued education, re-certification and our administrative office staff. With that, I really have to say how excited I am to have Chris on board. He's got the vision and I think we are going to be a great team.
Chris Laxton (CL): I would like to thank Donna and the full board of the NCBTMB for the opportunity to provide leadership to what I believe is a tremendous organization. I would like to speak to you about the approach I will be bringing to NCBTMB and the role of CEO. I want to share my goals and objectives as we continue to promote the importance of certification to the massage and bodywork profession, as well as enhancing the role we can play in the CAM community.
During my 25-year career as a nonprofit leader, I've worked with a variety of communities that provide traditional medical interventions for chronic and long-term care, among others. I appreciate the importance of promoting and integrating a much broader role of complementary and alternative medical therapies into national health care. I have always been impressed by practitioners' hands-on interaction with consumers, and I can see that NCB [practitioners] are able to convey the value of massage, bodywork and other alternative health offerings. I think we also have a significant opportunity to enhance relationships with the consuming public, in general, to convey the preventive and quality-of-life benefits of massage and bodywork. So, in my first 90 days, it's my intention to conduct a comprehensive strategic and operational assessment of NCB.
Certification boards are, in my opinion, extraordinarily important to the credibility of any professional community. The NCBTMB has a very thorough process for understanding the science behind its profession and, I am proud to say, it has created a rigorous, credible examination for certification. We've evolved our exams and educational review by studying the scope of practice for some 16 years. Our extensive analysis of our profession is, as a result, unparalleled in our field.
However, we need to address head-on the customer focus of our organization. We must be more responsive to our base, better in our communications and aggressive in our outreach to stakeholders in the massage and broader CAM world.
We need to focus on forming collaborative initiatives and strategic alliances with state boards and other organizations as we continue to promote the benefits of massage, bodywork and CAM therapies.
I want to talk for a minute about the customer experience. While I believe we have a good system in place here at NCB, there is always room for improvement. The issue here, I believe, is not really a deficiency in the organization's infrastructure, but rather in our execution on a service level. Customers clearly have had a variable experience in NCB's efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness when they have called. My goal is to ensure that the customer experience we provide is not only positive and beneficial, but [also] delivered in a way that conveys each and every call is our most important call.
You know, when you think about it, each and every one of our certificants is a professional who supports the NCB's mission and very existence with their day-to-day devotion to excellence in their field. If these practitioners are out there keeping pace with the highest degrees of ethical, educational and professional best practices, they certainly deserve nothing less from us. So, I intend to drill down into the best ways to respond to our stakeholders' needs, working with our staff to implement executable ideas and very responsive systems.
NCB has a network of 82,000 certificants, more or less, plus an even larger pool of previous and potential certificants. This is a huge resource and represents the single largest network of massage and bodywork practitioners in the United States. It is incumbent upon us to increase the frequency and the currency of our communications to this network and to improve our responsiveness to these stakeholders. NCB, in coalition with other thought leader groups, can advance our mission more significantly and effectively than we possibly could on our own. There are a number of important stakeholders operating in the alternative health care market. By working together, we can advance our profession and the entire CAM scope of practice as a crucially important component in addressing the prevention and health promotion issues that accompany our aging society in chronic and general health in this country. Together, we can offer a powerful set of interventions for improving the quality of life for all individuals.
Massage Today: Donna, can you elaborate a little bit on the change in philosophy in terms of the hiring of a CEO, instead of another executive director?
DF: Having been a CEO, I'm sure Chris can provide his perspective on what he brings to the table.
CL: I've got two answers to that question. First, NCB is almost a 16-year-old organization. It has a budget of $9 million and a staff of some 25 people in Chicago, D.C. and Florida. For an organization of this scope, size and maturity, CEO is the appropriate title. Many of my peers with comparably-sized organizations carry that title. Second, I think one of the things we definitely wanted to communicate to you and our constituent stakeholders is that this is a new NCB - this is a new day for the organization. We've done things perhaps one way in the past and it's time that we do things differently. We want to be completely transparent and open with you. We want to take leadership for the good of the massage and bodywork community and for the public that it serves. I think really the CEO title is just one piece of that, and there will be others.
MT: Can you talk a little bit about how you plan to integrate and push the massage community forward into the greater CAM community?
CL: I'm somebody who believes strongly in strategic alliances. Through joining hands in coalition with other thought leader organizations, we can do much more than we can do separately. To my way of thinking, the CAM marketplace is perched on the edge of making a significant difference in the American health care system, as well as improving the quality of life for Americans. We have an aging population, and the largest disease burden in this country is chronic care. We have not done that well for this population or figured out how to do well. Massage therapy and bodywork, as key components of CAM, have important contributions to make. So, just in terms of first steps, one of the things I would really like to do is make some introductions and get to know the massage leaders in the CAM world: the NIH Center on CAM and the American Public Health Association and of course, many others.
DF: I've been a longstanding believer and promoter of CAM, especially how it integrates into the overall public health community. Massage and bodywork are used as CAM therapies for a myriad of health reasons, including the treatment of specific conditions, as well as a means for promoting health and wellness. We just joined the ACCAHC (Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care), and we will be starting to move forward with them. Chris and I will be making some visits to the Washington, D.C. area and introducing ourselves and NCBMB to key people. We also submitted an abstract to the American Public Health Association's special primary interest group on complementary and alternative health care practices, and we are hoping to be on their agenda at their conference this year in Washington, D.C. Massage and bodywork are some of the most utilized components of CAM at this point in time, and we are in a perfect position to help elevate the value of our credential in this arena. It's part of our strategic plan and a direction that we're moving toward, among others.
MT: Thank you.
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