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Louisiana Governor Signs Two Bills Impacting Massage Therapy Schools

House Bill No. 240 creates a provisional license for any graduate of a massage therapy school, allowing them to work while they wait for their licensure application to be approved. Senate Bill No. 286 allows educational hours above 500 to be taught either in person or via distance learning.

South Carolina Bill Changes Massage Therapy Act

Senate Bill 227 amends the massage therapy scope of practice, definitions, fees, license qualifications, and misconduct. The bill also adds the following new sections: public roster, licensure by endorsement, and establishment licensure.

Learn About the Proposed Interstate Massage Therapy Compact Draft Bill

The bill will make it easier for massage therapists with 625 hours of education to move to and from other jurisdictions once at least seven or more states approve the proposed bill language. Participate in a Zoom meeting on July 6, 2022, or August 11, 2022, to learn more about the interstate compact.

Research on Cannabis and Pain Relief is Surprisingly Thin

In a systematic review performed by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and published in Annals of Internal Medicine, evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabis-related products for treating pain was found to be surprisingly thin, despite the rising popularity of these products.

Researchers found some evidence to support cannabis-related products in treating neuropathic pain, or pain caused by damage to peripheral nerves. These products also led to notable side effects, including sedation and dizziness, however.

New Massage Therapy Rules in Oregon

The new rules were approved May 13, 2022, and will become effective July 1, 2022. The rules affect the following areas: board member stipends and duties, definitions, continuing education requirements, and communicable disease control measures.

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