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The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Should massage schools begin limiting the number of enrollees?
Total Respondents: 231
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
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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.