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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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Don't Teach with Your A** to the Class (and Other Valuable Teaching Suggestions)
By Pamela Ellen Ferguson, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® and GSD-CI, LMT (TX)
We've all faced some instructor's dazzling derriere for much of a class. We've all tried desperately and politely to crane our necks or leap this way and that to observe an instructor demonstrating a technique that is blocked from view.Mirrors present the ideal solution for this problem of course, especially in large classes, and to give students a 3-D view of the practical demo. I also encourage my students to walk around me as I demo, so they can observe it from different angles and keep their own qi flowing at the same time.
Those of us who have taught bodywork for years need to be reminded constantly of the importance of clear sightlines for our students. In fact, it's good for us to sit in colleagues' classes or complete assorted CEU classes just to observe the silly mistakes we all too often make as instructors! My colleagues on the AOBTA board and myself have decided that a workshop on instructor training will be standard at all AOBTA conventions. At our last convention in New Orleans in January, I taught the workshop and had a lot of fun involving participants in role-playing, to highlight the best -- and worst -- aspects of teaching methods, from personal experiences and observations. In this article, I'd like to share aspects of the workshop, which are equally applicable to those of you who are current students, or teaching any form of bodywork, Asian or Western, or any practical aspect of physical therapy.
During the workshop, I described a CEU class I took many years ago, in which I offered myself as a model to a high-profile instructor of lymph drainage therapy. While he was demonstrating a technique on my legs, he answered assorted questions from the floor that had nothing to do with the technique he was teaching. I felt miserable, lying there with some 40 observers crowding around the table. The next day, I could barely move my legs. They felt like huge oak trees hanging off my pelvis. What a lesson! From that moment onward, I have taken extra care, before demonstrating a new technique or movement, to advise my students to:
I also have become increasingly mindful of students grappling with dyslexia, as I share some of those challenges. I recall, all too painfully, how ridiculous I looked in early Aikido training, where I would always spin in the opposite direction, and do things inside out, much to the amusement of my colleagues. So I share these experiences from day one when teaching new students of Asian bodywork. Whenever I demo, I encourage those with similar challenges to stand alongside me, not opposite me.
The art of the demo is at the core of our successful teaching. Equally as important, there is an art in integrating demo and theory, and timing! How often have I attended a CEU class and listened to some grandly eloquent speech for over two hours -- and then the instructor scrambles to demo a technique at top speed, with about 10 minutes left over to practice and exchange!
At the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, where I have directed the Asian Bodywork department for six years, we have initiated instructor training days and peer review; we all observe one another teach whole classes, and segments of classes. The experience has been marvelous.
Let me share some of the highlights of the teaching tools we observed in one another:
A final word: If you are busily training TAs, or planning to become a future instructor, here's a good prepping exercise. Review your own experiences as a student (all of them, not just those relating to the topic you are about to teach). Review the best and worst of your teachers, and the methods or techniques that best helped your learning process, or those that bored you silly. Enhance and incorporate the former, avoid the latter, and keep acquiring fresh methods. Also, don't forget to break your classes into small working groups from time to time. This gives everybody a voice and an opportunity to be creative. And you'll be amazed at what your students teach you!
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