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Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
Learning is a lifelong process. Those who refrain from engaging their brains tend to stagnate and lose their creative edge. I'm amazed when I hear comments such as, "I don't need to take any more classes after all, the school I attended was 750 (or insert any number greater than 100) hours," or "I've been in practice for many years and am doing just fine, so why should I be required to take an arbitrary number of continuing education units each year?"
I think the reason so many people resist furthering their education is that learning can be stressful.Very few people talk about how much they enjoyed going to school. While there may have been some classes that were fun and instructional methods that proved pleasurable, for most people, school was difficult and they were glad when it was over.
Reflect upon your school experiences. How many people did you know who looked forward to doing homework and taking tests? How many opted to take non-required classes? How many came to school each day happy to be there and eager to learn? For most people, school is an example of the ends justifying the means: the ultimate goal of learning to be a good massage therapist makes the act of going to school worthwhile. Given the negativity associated with school, it's no wonder people shut down and avoid structured learning situations unless required.
Continuing Education Courses
The good news is that the manner in which you continue your learning is not limited to a traditional school environment. You can read books; take distance-learning courses (e.g., correspondence, home-study, online computer); attend workshops; participate in self-exploration classes that benefit you directly and assist you in working with clients (e.g., movement, breathwork, communication skills); and go to conferences. Even continuing education courses offered by schools are usually administered quite differently than the diploma programs.
Continuing education courses range from one hour to hundreds of hours. Recently, several massage therapists were discussing the merits of taking specialized training. Most could not fathom the requirement of the years involved in taking workshops, practicing, and interning before they could be certified in a technique. One person said, "Why should I spend years at this, when I can take a weekend course and learn the basics." Again, this reflects upon our misunderstanding of the learning processparticularly in the massage and bodywork field. You learn the basics in school: the true integration and honing of your skills comes with practice and years of working with clients.
You keep the learning process active (and thus your professional and personal growth) by taking continuing education courses either a series of short, specific classes or a long-term, advanced training program.
Many people are required to take continuing education to keep their certification or licensure current. Check with your certifying/licensing bodies to find out their parameters: the number of hours required each year; whether all (or a certain percentage) of the classes must be given by approved providers; the scope of topics that can be taken and which topics are not allowed; the minimum or maximum number of hours that can be allotted to certain subjects (e.g., half of the hours must be hands-on, only up to one-third of the hours can be practice management); the method of learning allowed (some certifying bodies allow a limited number of hours for reading books or writing articles, while distance learning courses do not qualify in Texas); and specific course requirements (e.g., two hours of ethics every four years, CPR recertification every five years).
Continuing Education Sources
Many individuals, companies, and organizations provide continuing education courses on a wide range of topics. Check out advertisements in trade journals, magazines, newspapers and newsletters; contact your professional association for a list of providers; request catalogs from massage and bodywork schools, local community colleges, universities and adult education programs; peruse local specialty publications; and surf the internet (start your search with key terms such as training, continuing education, home study, correspondence, massage schools, seminars, workshops, or the specific topic you are interested in exploring).
The Right Course
The best type of continuing education course to take depends on your preferred learning style. Some people learn best by reading or viewing a videotape and then processing the information on their own. Distance-learning courses can be highly effective for people with this learning style. Others learn better in a classroom or workshop environment.
In subsequent issues, we will explore how to determine your most appropriate learning environment, evaluate continuing education providers, and prepare yourself before attending a class.
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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