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An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
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.