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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.)
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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 Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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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