Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
June, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 06
ITEC Offering International Certification
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Since 1947, ITEC has been awarding industry certifications in the beauty, complementary therapy, sports, fitness and hairdressing professions in more than 40 countries worldwide. ITEC is now partnering with schools in the United States to offer therapists the opportunity to achieve international certification.
ITEC is regulated by Ofqual on behalf of the Department of Education for England and has a long history of excellence and partnerships with more than 755 schools all over the world. "ITEC is proud to offer American therapists the opportunity to achieve international certification. If a massage therapist has ever thought of traveling overseas and working in a spa, hotel, on a cruise ship or for a corporate hotel group, an ITEC certification can help them open these doors," said Jane Foulston, ITEC CEO.
Benefits For Schools
ITEC registered schools can offer diplomas in holistic massage, sports massage, infant and child massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, among other specialties. The benefits to schools that choose to become ITEC registered include recognition for graduates and a curriculum with a recognized standard of excellence in the global market.
"ITEC provides qualifications that meet the needs of the industry and that are clearly understood and respected by employers worldwide," said Foulston.
ITEC has established a partnership with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork so that all of NCBTMB's assigned schools can become an ITEC registered school. This partnership with NCBTMB allows students the opportunity to apply any specialty certification educational hours toward any continuing education needed to satisfy the initial application or renewal requirements for state licensure and NCBTMB board certification.
NCBTMB assigned schools can take advantage of this opportunity as long as they are in good standing, can agree to merge their curriculum to the ITEC international diploma in holistic massage or any of the other ITEC certifications offered, and complete the ITEC schools registration form.
"We believe this is the ultimate two-for-one benefit for our Assigned Schools and the profession," Steve Kirin, Chief Executive Officer, NCBTMB, explained. "Matching ITEC's curriculum means students graduate with a competitive edge not offered anywhere else in the world—they meet their state requirements for licensure and are immediately eligible to earn ITEC's international massage and specialty certifications, putting them on the fast-track toward Board Certification and other career advancing opportunities."
"Our partnership with ITEC unleashes even more positive opportunity for professional development and career path advancement within our profession—thereby aligning us with other healthcare professions to bring recognition, validity, and empowerment to massage and bodywork profession and industry," said Dr. Leena S. Guptha, Chair of the NCBTMB Board of Directors.
ITEC has waived the approval fee for NCBTMB assigned schools until January 2016. After that, it is a one-time $500 fee and $250 for any additional venues.
ITEC's minimum requirements for school staff is to have at least two years of experience in the industry and have current certification in the subject they intend to teach. ITEC also requires a demonstration of continual professional development annually.
Benefits For Students
Massage therapists wanting to achieve international certification must attend an ITEC registered school. Students seeking this certification gain the opportunity to expand their employment options beyond the United States, knowing they have achieved a standard of skill and knowledge that is recognized worldwide. According to ITEC, no matter where a student studies for an ITEC certification, the assessment is exactly the same which maintains standardization around the globe. "If you have ever wanted the opportunity to work in another country, an ITEC certification will open those doors for you," said Foulston.
International opportunities abound on cruise ships, in luxury hotel chains and destination resort properties. Achieving the ITEC certification can open these doors, making massage therapists more marketable beyond the United States.
If you are interested in becoming an ITEC registered school or you are a massage student looking to attend an ITEC registered school, please visit www.itecworld.co.uk for additional information.
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