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Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
In previous issues of Massage Today, we explored the importance of lifelong learning, sources of resistance regarding taking continuing education courses, and ways to evaluate continuing education providers.Finding a high-quality course offered by a reputable company is just one phase. Your learning experience will be significantly more enjoyable and effective when you take a course best suited to your learning style.
The following exercise demonstrates the power of working with your appropriate learning style. Take out a piece of paper and a writing implement. Write your name in cursive with your non-dominant hand; then write your name in cursive with your dominant hand. Note the differences in the two: the legibility of the signatures; how long it took to write; and the comfort level you experienced while doing the exercise. Learning in an environment that is not suited to your learning style is just like this exercise: you can do it, but it will most likely be more difficult, take longer, and the results won't be as clear.
Many theories on learning abound. The two most popular for educational environments are Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), developed by Richard Bandler; and Multiple Intelligences (MI), formulated by Howard Gardner and extended to the classroom by David Lazear.
NLP postulates that the three major methods for processing information are auditory, kinesthetic and visual, and that people are usually dominant in one area. Approximately 65% of the population is visually oriented, 20% is kinesthetic, and 15% is auditory. Discovering NLP changed my life. According to this system, I am AKV, which puts my two major learning orientations in the minority with the rest of the population. Plus, I'm married to a VAK (actually, if it were possible, he would classify himself as a VVV). As an instructor, this information transformed my teaching methodology. My classes were severely lacking in "visual" materials. It was an effort (and to some degree still is) to include a variety of visual stimuli such as handouts, overhead transparencies, flip charts and posters.
MI classifies human intellect into eight major intelligences (there is rumor of a ninth): verbal/linguistic; logical/mathematical; visual/spatial; bodily/kinesthetic; musical/rhythmic; intrapersonal; interpersonal; and naturalist. This system of understanding how people learn doesn't label people as being a specific type. We use all of the intelligences, but some are stronger in one person vs. another. While personality types refer to what a person is most of the time, multiple intelligences are strategies for learning. I have used this information to broaden the types of activities I use in my classes.
As with NLP, it takes creative effort to incorporate all of the intelligences. When we designed activities for our teaching manual, we painstakingly included all the MI and NLP styles (naturalist was the most difficult).
Choosing the Right Style for You
Consider your learning style when choosing the type of continuing education course. In college, I aced classes when the tests were based on lectures. And although I am an avid reader, I still don't perform as well when tests are based on reading materials. I also notice that I enjoy learning and retain more information when the environment includes a variety of approaches.
Teaching styles vary greatly vary when continuing education is done "live" (e.g., workshops, classes, conferences). Also, the class leader's style might not be best for you. Some people prefer highly structured classes; others like a loose format. Some people want to just hear what the "expert" has to say and resent class discussions. Some people enjoy group activities; others would rather work on their own. Some people do just fine in a class with hundreds of people; others withdraw. Some people want a hands-on-approach; others would rather watch a video.
Distance-learning courses are ideal for people who learn best at their own pace. Keep in mind that these courses also vary widely: some provide reading materials while others include audio or video cassettes. The assessment can range from multiple-choice exams, to written essays, to documented case studies.
Once you have identified your preferred learning styles, you can assemble a list of questions to ask potential CE providers to get the best course for you.
In subsequent issues, we will explore what constitutes a good distance-learning course; CE administration/tracking; effective ways to critique (or complain about) CEU offerings that don't deliver as advertised; and how to prepare yourself before attending a class. Please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions.
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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