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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11
CA Governor Signs Massage Therapy Reform Act
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.
The CAMTC, originally established in 2009 under SB731, will continue through January 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has been reduced to 13 members and will no longer be led by a majority of massage industry leaders. At most, and depending on which organizations exercise their right to appoint, the board will consist of only three to five members from the massage therapy community. Without those voices from the massage therapy community, it remains to be seen how this will affect the direction of the massage therapy profession in California moving forward. CAMTC CEO, Ahmos Netanel said, "the CAMTC will be better able to serve massage professionals and consumers with a board that includes a wider variety of stakeholders."
AB1147 does extend the voluntary statewide certification of massage therapists, however the qualifications to become a Certified Massage Therapist have changed. According to the CAMTC, applications for certification as a Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP), will no longer be accepted on January 1, 2015. In addition, applicants for certification as a CMT must now have 500 hours of education from an approved school and have passed a CAMTC approved exam.
For those currently operating as a CMP, the changes mean that anyone wishing to upgrade to a CMT must have all 500 hours of education from a CAMTC approved school and passed a CAMTC approved exam by January 1, 2015. The following exams are CAMTC approved: the MBLEx, the NCETMB, and the NCETM. According to the CAMTC, if your request to upgrade to CMT is received in 2014 and you have already taken and passed one of the approved exams, under current law you may be upgraded without having to meet the new 2015 educational requirements. Active CMP's will be able to continue to renew every two years and keep their status. Any massage therapists currently holding a conditional certified massage practitioner certification will be able to continue to work toward their CMP.
In a Notice to CMP's, CAMTC states, "While CAMTC will no longer accept applications for CMP certification in 2015, if you are already certified as a CMP, you can continue to be certified as a CMP as long as you do not allow your certification to lapse for six months or more. Those whose certifications lapse for six months or longer will be treated as new applicants upon re-application and must meet the current certification requirements existing at the time the application is received."
AB1147 also now gives CAMTC the authorization to approve schools, rather than just pursue the un-approval of problem schools and so-called diploma mills. According to CAMTC, the official list of approved California massage schools should be completed by 2016.
Cities have gained greater control in enforcing local ordinances, but are prohibited from zoning massage businesses as adult entertainment. Fingerprinting and background checks have been standard since the inception of CAMTC but the new law does alter the way CAMTC processes applications from registered sex offenders. AB1147 requires that ll registered sex offenders who apply for certification be denied and any current certificate holders who are registered sex offenders must have their certification revoked.
"Today marks a historic step in our fight against prostitution and human trafficking in massage businesses," said bill co-author Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). "These bad actors hijacked the massage industry and overwhelmed smaller cities who felt their hands were tied when dealing with the proliferation of these businesses. This bill will change the landscape of the massage business by helping legitimate therapists operate while eliminating the shady characters."
"The sunset review is a healthy and welcomed exercise. It provides an opportunity to make substantive improvement to the law. We are especially pleased that the Legislature and the Governor unanimously affirmed the right of CAMTC's certificate holders to practice anywhere in California without having to obtain local permits or be subject to local background checks or medical exams," said Netanel. "The new law also explicitly states that massage can never be treated as adult entertaining by any city or county. The right to work anywhere in the state using a CAMTC certificate and the right to be treated with respect, are two important values the law affords to all CAMTC's certificate holders."
If you are unsure where you stand with your CAMTC certification, you can contact the CAMTC at www.camtc.org or call (916) 669-5336. According to Netanel, "in the next few weeks, we will be notifying all of our certificate holders regarding the new provisions of the law as well as making sure that our operations and protocols will be in compliance with the new law as it will go into effect on January 1, 2015."
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