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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Should massage schools begin limiting the number of enrollees?
Total Respondents: 231
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Yes In my view if overcrowding conditions exist and in some schools it is possible, then yes, this not impacts the students learning capacity, it also attracts administration issues and frustration of tutors.
No If you think that there is an evaluation process which can accurately predict who will or will not
end up being a skilled and caring massage therapist,
good luck. Give the consumer some credit. Their
bodies and minds will be able to tell the difference between a compassionate healer and a "go through the
motions" practitioner, and like everything else,
the individual must choose to give their business
to those who they feel are true therapists.
Otherwise, another freedom of Americans is down the
drain. Consider that their are practicing Medical
Doctors our there who could care less about their
patients, and give only the slightest caring or skill
to people. This is bad healing, event though these
people obviously met the criteria required to attend
Med. school. Each of us must trust our own percep-
tions, and if we feel the treatment we are receiving
is not up to par, then we must search out better care.
We should not, however, take away the freedom of people to receive training of their choice. If there are individuals who have gone through training and
certification, and yet cannot make it in the business world, then so be it - their willingness to try should not be taken away from them. Restrict the
opportunity of people to learn a healing art??
Don't get it.
It is my belief that massage schools set appropriate criteria for the selection of students. The criteria should parrell the intentions of the school and what their priorities. I realize that schools need to make money; but in my opinion just because you can afford it does not necessairly mean you have the inner makings of a compassionate massage therapist.
Yes Yes, lets limit the number of enrollees. We probably should do so, but I doubt it will happen. We are major massage school with an excellent national reputation, and definitely feel the pressure of the 1000 massage schools that are out there now.
Yes most other health professions have limited enrollment and specific qualifications to get in. It keeps the market regulated. There should be specific qualifications for entry into the massage market It will also limit how many schools can sprout up.
Yes Wouldn't it be great if we could all find the best vocation we are suited to, instead of looking for a quick buck the easy way? before we end up working with peoples bare essentials! Course information sessions are invaluable for this and they also give the potential student enough information to decide if this is the job for them, if the institution is a good one.
No I am not in favor (at this time) of limiting schools and/or students. HOWEVER, schools MUST, and I MEAN MUST, start being truthful regarding opportunity, income, length of average therapist's career, etc., to ALL prospects and students As it stands now, most schools make it look and sound like pie in the sky to become a massage therapist....Nothing could be further from the truth.
I am also not in favor of any form of government regulation on massage therapists other than that of possibly setting a reasonable (not exceeding 500), minimum number of educational hours to use the title certified massage therapist.
No The size of enrollment will not reflect on the quality of education if there is on hands attention to the individual students. This can be accomplished with a school that has a large enrollment by hireing more instructors to handle a larger student body. The excellent schools are the ones that the students flock to, causing greater enrollement. We should not limit the prospective student from going to a school of their choice. The other schools will then be forced to raise the quality of their programs to compete. This along with raising the academic standards for entrance into massage school would raise the quality of the new graduate, thus raising the quality of the profession as a whole.
Yes Yes, I think that there are many areas where schools should arbitrarily limit the number of students they accept. My particular area (Texarkana, AR/TX) is flooded with new massage therapists trying establish a business and they are losing money...and most likely not making any at all. And there is only ONE school here! The criteria for establishing limits on enrollment should be proportional to the number of massage therapists in the city/state and adjacent areas.
Thank you for giving me a chance to explain my vote.
Yes alot of the people i have come across in the field do not truely enjoy the body and how it works with each individual I feel that these people should not work with the public because those clients will feel the disinterests
Yes Smaller classes provide for a better learning experience. The education the massage student receives is more complete with hands on help and direction from a teacher who is aware of each student and available to give one on one guidance.
No i have been licensed for nearly 10 years, there are enough bodies to go around the last time i checked..and people come and go in this profession....
Yes Class size is an important consideration. A ratio of one instructor to 12 students is appropriate. Any more students and the instructor should have T.A.'s
Yes I believe the number should be limited, but not because of a glut of the market... I truly believe there's plenty of business to go around. Rather because of my fear of classes being too large, and the quality of education suffering adversely. Therapists need to have a decent understanding of they're getting into, when they walk out that door, diploma in hand. so these are my reasons.
No There are many different massage schools with a variety of styles which include class size, philosophy, etc. I graduated from a school which limits class size to 12 people (we had 7 in our class); for me this was the right number of classmates and the ideal teaching envrionment. Others may work better in a more formal environment with a greater number of fellow students. I feel that our choice of learning environments (among properly accredited schools of course) should match our individual learning styles to provide the optimum environment for each of us as individuals.
No The school I graduated from had an average class size of 45 students. While I sometimes heard fellow students speculate that a smaller class would be better, our classroom experience was wonderful. There were 3 instructors in the classroom during any hands-on time, so there was plenty of expertise available when needed. Out of the original 52 students that started, 45 graduated, and 20 students had secured jobs before we even finished the program.
Larger classes can provide more momentum, greater support in the numbers, and more variety of student bodies to work on in the class! I'm glad I had a larger class.
No but to many fly by night want to be vodoo massage tehrapist are screwing up the impression and effectivness of the rest of us.