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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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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