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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!
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?
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.
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
Half a Mind
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
In searching to fulfill our kinesthetic and interpersonal selves, some of us have diffused inward through the membrane surrounding the domains of massage, almost as if an osmotic pressure drew us forth. For those conversant with the lymphatic system, consider it a type of Starling's Equilibrium. The permeable nature of entry into part-time massage practice originally drew me to transit back and forth between high-tech and high-touch. Should the membrane surrounding entry into practice be made less permeable by raising entry requirements, the flow of those such as myself will likely divert to other venues.
Cliff Korn's March 2002 editorial [www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/03/11.html] touched on attitude differences between part-time and full-time massage professionals. I am going to revisit some of the considerations he raised in that article, and touch on an additional consideration: demographics.
Here in California, 193 massage schools are supervised by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) under the Department of Consumer Affairs. In contrast, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Web site lists 28 schools in California, a few of which wouldn't fall under the BPPVE jurisdiction. One conclusion that can be drawn from this discrepancy is that the vast majority of California massage schools are teaching modular programs with initial segments shorter than the 500-hour AMTA entry criterion. At a recent panel discussion at De Anza College in Cupertino, Les Sweeney, executive vice president of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), noted that the average initial module length of ABMP member schools in California is 175 hours. I believe such schools exist in a very particular ecological niche in terms of their economic and social benefits.
On the economic side, these short-term career-training modules are not eligible for federal financial aid. Such aid requires accreditation and a minimum program length of 600 hours. Taking on the extra costs, record-keeping requirements, and job-placement minimums associated with accreditation and financial aid would force most of these small schools to either grow or close. What these schools serve well, and thrive in meeting, are the needs of pay-as-you-go, adult profile learners. Many of these adult learners are seeking career transitions or augmentations, an example of the latter being sports trainers adding massage skills to their toolkits. A characteristic pattern I have seen over more than a decade of teaching in a modular program is for students to use the initial module for immediate-but-limited entry into the massage profession. They then use their practice earnings to continue with further modules over a period of several years, improving their business and marketing skills as the scopes of their practices grow.
A recent report by the National Center for Educational Statistics summarizes a number of the differences between those entering postsecondary training with adult career experiences, and those who might take such training immediately follow secondary schooling.9
An Australian report on lifelong learning also notes the growing reliance on self-employment and balancing the requirements of multiple jobs.1
What emerges from this discussion is that California supports a pattern of modular schools with early entry training that is a near-optimal match for adult learners in career transition or augmentation. I believe such schools are in the forefront of an emerging paradigm for the 21st century; they fulfill a role of facilitating development of meaningful life work for students juggling significant other responsibilities.4 As compared to their larger counterparts with longer single programs, modular schools are more oriented to the attitude profile of adult learners - who have been noted to be more self-directed; bring in more life experiences, be more goal-oriented; demand more immediate relevancy of material; and be more focused on immediate application than younger learners.6,7
There are also synergies between these modular career-training programs and their surrounding communities. The general manager of a southern California school estimated recently that 15 percent of its students are learning skills to support home care of ill or aging family members. Because of the short-term, modular nature of individual training sections, the classes also serve a function for those undertaking self-directed career exploration. Such career exploration is a learning process embedded in a larger context of growth and personal exploration.5 Such exploration is often triggered by life transitions; it forms an essential adaptive response to an era of rapid social and economic change. Entering massage training can be a result of self-reflection and a desire to help others more directly, with the decision still to be made whether a total career change will take place.2,8 While these community functions of modular training are far from sufficient to support a massage school in themselves, they augment and enrich the vocational training environment that can be offered.
In his editorial, Cliff Korn noted that full-time massage practitioners seemingly place more emphasis on networking, and certainly on being more represented at conferences. Overall, I believe this is a difference not in the importance placed on networking, but in the manner in which it is accomplished. For the part-time practitioner, continuing education often is achieved while on vacation from other jobs, partially depleting what remains for family activities. Every training activity must stand on multiple legs. Multiple-day or weeklong workshops often have higher payoff in both usable skills and more in-depth networking than shorter conference interactions. For some of us, massage is a multitasking experience. We give it our all during our segments of participation, but on the average, have only half a mind to give.
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