The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

Acupuncture & Massage College would like to inform you about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a new education benefit for service members or veterans. This education benefit provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. Approved training includes graduate and undergraduate degrees and vocational/technical training. The maximum basic benefit is earned after serving 36 months of active duty service or after 30 days of continuous service for those individuals who were discharged for a service-connected disability. Individuals serving between 90 days and 36 months of active duty service will be eligible for a percentage of the maximum benefit. Individuals will generally receive 36 months of full-time education benefits. This should allow an individual to receive benefits for a four-year undergraduate degree; however, individuals may continue to receive benefits for approved training at an institute of higher learning, including graduate training, provided they have remaining entitlement. If eligible for more than one VA education program, individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of benefits. Individuals transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill from the Montgomery GI Bill (chapter 30) will be limited to the amount of their remaining chapter 30 entitlement. Individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of their last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days. The monthly housing allowance is based on the school location and will be sent directly to the veteran for each month of enrollment in school training at more than half time. Those individuals who are on active duty, training at half time or less or those pursuing distance learning are not eligible for the housing allowance. The maximum yearly books and supplies stipend is $1,000 and will be paid proportionally for each quarter, semester or term attended in a school year. Payment will be made to the individual during each term he or she is enrolled. While previous GI Bill benefits covered undergraduate, graduate, certificate programs, on-the-job training, flight training, and non-college degree courses, the Post-9/11 GI Bill only covers college or university programs. To request an application form to apply for benefits through the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 or to determine eligibility call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Alternative Medicine Usage Among Older Adults

Posted July 30, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Approximately 38 percent of adults in the United States use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to recent surveys. CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic, and acupuncture that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. CAM practices are a frequently used component of Americans' health care regimens. The most commonly used CAM therapies among U.S. adults are natural supplements, deep breathing exercises, meditation, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and yoga, among others. Nearly three out of every four adults over age 50 use some kind of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, according to a recent study. Older adults use CAM most often to treat back and neck pain, arthritis and joint stiffness and other musculoskeletal conditions. The rate of usage among older adults is higher than usage among the general population, says Gong-Soog Hong, study co-author and professor of consumer sciences at Ohio State University. Study findings indicate that 71 percent of older adults used some form of alternative medicine in 2000. The researchers utilized data from the 2000 Health and Retirement Survey, conducted by the University of Michigan. Survey respondents included 848 individuals aged 50 and over. "The percentage of older adults who used alternative medicine was higher than I expected," says Hong. The survey questioned respondents about their use of acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine, meditation, and breathing exercises. Respondents were more likely to use alternative medicine if they reported difficulty with daily activities, such as carrying groceries, bathing or eating. "Older adults tend to have more chronic illnesses, and conventional medicine doesn't always solve their ailments or conditions," said Hong. "Alternative medicine provides an important option in response to the need for health care in the United States. We need to know more about who is using alternative medicine and ensuring that they are educated about the medicines and therapies they are using." A large percentage of respondents indicated dissatisfaction with conventional health care. Individuals with holistic lifestyles are also more likely to seek alternative medicine therapies. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Acupressure and Alertness

Posted July 29, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy which integrates acupuncture with pressure. Acupressure therapy involves the application of physical pressure to acupoints by the hand, elbow or other devices. Pressure applied to specific acupoints can aid in symptom management and treatment of various ailments and conditions by improving qi flow through the body and rebalancing yin and yang. Acupressure reduces pain and other symptoms in affected areas of the body, increases circulation, reduces stress, and corrects health imbalances. A recent study indicates acupressure can enhance alertness. University of Michigan Health System researchers have discovered acupressure can combat sleepiness and keep students awake during class. The study appears in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The researchers report that students in a class who were taught to self-administer acupressure treatments to stimulation points on their heads, hands, legs, and feet were less fatigued and more alert. "The study showed that a stimulation acupressure regimen leads to a statistically significant reduction in sleepiness compared to an acupressure treatment that focuses on relaxation," says Richard E. Harris, Ph.D., research investigator in the Division of Rheumatology at the U-M Medical School's Department of Internal Medicine and a researcher at the U-M Health System's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. The 39 students included in the study were participating in three days of all-day lecture classes in the On Job/On Campus executive education program in U-M’s School of Public Health. Students were instructed to self-apply acupressure regimens of either five stimulatory points or five relaxation points. The regimens consisted of massage and light tapping. Participants were divided into two groups. The relaxation group self-administered acupressure to the stimulation points on the first day and the relaxation points on days two and three. The stimulation group self-administered acupressure to relaxation points on the first day and stimulation points on the following two days. Sleepiness was assessed by the Stanford Sleepiness Scale and students also rated their levels of sleepiness twice daily. Students in the stimulation group had significantly less fatigue than those in the relaxation group. "Our findings suggest that acupressure can change alertness in people who are in classroom settings for a full day - which could be very good news for students who have trouble staying alert at school,” says Harris."Ideally, research in the future will help us determine whether acupressure also can have an impact on performance in the classroom as well." Both acupressure and acupuncture can restore mental clarity and awareness and can improve physical health. For more information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Endometriosis

Posted July 28, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Endometriosis is a common health condition in women in which tissue lining the uterus grows outside of the uterus into other areas. Endometriosis can cause lesions, nodules, tumors, and other abnormal (although usually benign) tissue growth which can result in pain, infertility and heavy periods. These tissue growths tend to get bigger and the symptoms often get worse over time. Most endometriosis is found behind the uterus, on tissues connected to the uterus, on or under the ovaries, and on the bowels or bladder. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, endometriosis affects approximately 5 to 7 million women. There is no cure for endometriosis, but many allopathic therapies address the primary symptom of pain. Often pain medication and hormone treatment are recommended. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) modalities are often used successfully in the treatment of a wide range of female gynecological disorders, including endometriosis. TCM assesses the condition based on differentiated pattern manifestations, specific to each individual. Acupuncture points and Chinese herbal formulas facilitate the flow of energy through the body. These acupoints and herbs are utilized to break up stagnation, move blood and minimize pain. Depending on the TCM diagnosis of the individual, each acupoint and herb has specific therapeutic properties in the treatment of endometriosis. Acupuncture regulates the endocrine system and can act as an analgesic by elevating levels of endorphins in the blood. Findings from a recent systematic review by Cochrane Researchers indicate that Chinese herbal medicine can relieve symptoms in the treatment of endometriosis and produces fewer adverse side effects compared with conventional drug treatments. The review, comprised of two trials, included a total of 158 women. In one trial, Chinese herbal medicine provided symptomatic relief comparable to that provided by the hormonal drug gestrinone, but with fewer adverse side effects. In the other trial, Chinese herbal medicine was more effective than the hormonal drug danazol, and also produced fewer side effects. "These findings suggest that Chinese herbs may be just as effective as certain conventional drug treatments for women suffering from endometriosis," says lead researcher Andrew Flower of the Complementary Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton. In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, other TCM modalities utilized in the treatment of endometriosis may include moxibustion, qi gong and tui na. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Acupuncture for Health

Posted July 24, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

According to WHO (World Health Organization), acupuncture effectively treats 28 conditions and can have therapeutic value for a wide range of other ailments and disorders. Although acupuncture is often used as a primary therapy it is increasingly being integrated into combination treatment by conventional doctors. Back pain, headache, stroke rehabilitation, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma are among the conditions that can improve with acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on a holistic, energy-based health concept rather than a disease-oriented diagnostic and treatment model. One of the benefits of acupuncture is that the incidence of side effects is significantly lower than the adverse effects that may be experienced from allopathic medications or other conventional medical procedures. Additional health conditions that improve with acupuncture include chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, menstrual cramps, weight loss, and infertility. Acupuncture strengthens general constitution. Many individuals receive the health and wellness benefits of acupuncture without experiencing any particular health condition. Acupuncture can boost the immune system, reduce intake of pain medication and relieve stress symptoms. As a non-invasive therapy for joint pain, acupuncture can significantly decrease pain, stiffness and inflammation. Acupuncture is often utilized as a preventative form of medicine. Register for Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program classes today and discover your new career as an acupuncture physician. Fall semester classes begin September 8. Classes include: Asian bodywork, anatomy & physiology, herbal medicine, medical terminology, and clinical observation, among others. AMC’s Master’s program in Oriental Medicine trains students to enable them to practice as primary and integrative health care providers. Students complete courses in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbology, tui na, and qigong. The program is designed and delivered by faculty with extensive clinical and research experience. Students receive comprehensive training in the foundational knowledge and skills of traditional Chinese medicine necessary to work competently in private practice. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Massage Therapy-A Rising Profession

Posted July 23, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Massage therapy is increasing in popularity among consumers. Two out of five adults, or 12 percent, have received at least one massage in the last year, according to an Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals survey. Consumers have few negative expressions about massage; 96 percent of those who received at least one massage in the last year have positive statements about massage therapy. According to the survey findings, a massage therapy session can favorably change perceptions regarding the value of massage. The increasing consumer demand for massage therapy confirms growing acceptance of the massage therapy profession, which has worked to legitimize its standing among complementary and alternative therapies. Compared to the 12 percent of consumers who received a massage in the last year, the survey found that 13 percent went to a chiropractor and 10 percent to a physical therapist. Of those who received a massage, the average number of massage therapy visits (nine) was similar to the number of chiropractic and physical therapy services. Of the survey respondents, massage therapy was especially popular among adults under age 50 and women. The market strength among younger adults bodes well for the massage therapy profession as these consumers age, suggesting that massage demand will grow. Survey respondents received massage therapy primarily for muscular soreness, stress and health restoration. Register today for Massage Therapy program classes offered at Acupuncture & Massage College during July and August. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and State Law classes begin July 27 and Shiatsu and Qi Kung 2 class begins August 24. Enrollment for Massage Therapy program classes is on a monthly basis. The Musculoskeletal Anatomy course teaches the fundamentals of musculoskeletal anatomy and enables students to understand the different parts of the body, their relationship to each other and the action of the muscles and bones. Florida State regulations, massage licensing procedures, renewal requirements, and scope of practice are reviewed in the State Law course. Shiatsu and Qi Kung 2 teaches a through and effective treatment of the back and lower extremity based on the Hoshino system of Shiatsu. Students learn Yin Yang theory, Eight Principles and Four Examinations and cause of disease. The course enables students to understand the major concepts of Oriental Medicine and perform a comprehensive patient interview. A survey of the meridian channels is included in the course. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Career Opportunities: Acupuncture Therapy Practice in Hospitals

Posted July 20, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

As acupuncture becomes increasingly integrated into hospital health care, opportunities for natural medicine wellness programs are developing, expanding patient access to holistic treatment options. Nearly 27 percent of hospitals offer acupuncture and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. CAM health care may include: Acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Acupuncture is often practiced in allopathic hospitals in conjunction with conventional care therapies. Acupuncture physicians can treat and manage cases ranging from upper respiratory tract infections and postoperative and chemotherapy nausea to headaches, orthopedic and other medical conditions. Patients who choose to receive acupuncture often believe that acupuncture combined with conventional medical treatment is more effective in resolving their health care condition. Acupuncture can also speed recovery from surgery or illness. As hospitals increase CAM programs, patients who choose to integrate CAM therapies into their health care consistently rate their experiences more positively than patients receiving only allopathic health care. Integration of allopathic and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practice can positively impact patient quality of care. This approach to patient care has great potential to improve the hospital care system. As the medical community increasingly recognizes its benefits, and as more insurance companies include it in their plans, CAM hospital health care programs will become a more common component of wellness practice. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the United States today. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program trains students to enable them to practice as primary, integrative and complementary health care providers. Students complete courses in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbology, Tui Na, and Qi Gong. Employment in the alternative therapy and non-mainstream medicine fields (which includes acupuncture, podiatry, chiropractic, and more) is expected to increase by 48.8 percent from 2002-2012. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage at AMC’s Student Intern Clinic

Posted July 17, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Enhance your well being and healing potential at AMC’s Student Intern Clinic. Students enrolled in the advanced phases of Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs can create a personalized treatment program for you that focuses on your healing path. Wellness treatments strengthen awareness and vitality and are dedicated to moving you beyond your current health limits. Clinic services include: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine recommendations, Shiatsu massage, and Swedish massage. By utilizing a combination of acupuncture, herbal formulas and massage, our services can treat a wide range of conditions including: Sleep disorders, allergies, addictions, chronic pain, arthritis, concentration difficulties, digestive problems, fatigue, headaches and migraines, sciatica, stress, and joint pain, among others. Acupuncture and massage 50-minute patient treatments start at $35.00 and $50.00. Two-and three-month treatment packages are also available. AMC’s Student Intern Clinic is a holistic care provider that brings beneficial and cost effective solutions to your health conditions. The Clinic is based on the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been shown to be an effective way of treating a wide range of conditions while restoring overall health. Acupuncture and massage patient therapies treat the root cause of the condition as well as addressing symptom management. All therapies are complementary to conventional medical treatment, with virtually no adverse side effects or contraindications. AMC’s Clinic offers a uniquely different healing experience. Whether you are seeking care for an acute or chronic condition, or relaxation, the Clinic’s therapies can be tailored to your individual health care needs. The Clinic brings together a group of like-minded practitioners and student interns committed to helping you to take care of your body, mind and spirit. In addition to the Clinic’s services, Acupuncture & Massage College also offers a Tai Chi class on Saturdays from 10:00-11:30 am. Individual class fee is $15.00 or a monthly plan can be purchased for $50.00. The Clinic’s’ goal is to provide you with the resources to promote an aware and healthy lifestyle through a range of holistic therapies. For more information about services call the Clinic office at (305) 595-9500. For Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy program information ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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