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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
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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