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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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
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!
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.
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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