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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Solving the Mystery of Multiple Intelligences
By Gail Frei, LMT, NCTMB Tiffany Field, PhD
The first day of massage school! You walk into your classroom a bubbling brew of emotions: excitement, anxiety, fear, and enthusiasm. You can't wait to get started with your new career training, but you also have some trepidation about your ability to succeed in this profession.Then, before the first break, you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open. You glance around the classroom guiltily, suspecting you may have even nodded off once or twice. What's happened here? Are you a poor student? Is your instructor inadequate? Neither! You've just experienced a classic case of the clash between multiple intelligences.
What are Multiple Intelligences?
Simply stated, multiple intelligences are the varied ways we humans demonstrate our intellectual abilities. First described by Howard Gardner, there are seven of these intelligences: verbal/linguistic; musical/rhythmic; bodily/kinesthetic; intrapersonal; interpersonal; logical/mathematical; and visual/spatial. They are rather self-explanatory but a brief overview will help you understand the dynamics behind the above situation.
The verbal/linguistic person learns best utilizing speaking and listening skills; they thrive in a conventional lecture approach to teaching. The musical/rhythmic person may not fare so well in a traditional classroom devoid of music and sounds (other than the teacher's voice!).
The bodily/kinesthetic person needs to move about, and may feel stifled in a classroom where students are expected to remain seated and listen to the lecture. The intra-personal students may drift off into a seemingly self-absorbed reverie, as inner awareness is their strength. The teacher may view the interpersonal student as a problem, since these students learn best by interacting with others.
Logical/mathematical students asks a lot of questions and may appear disruptive due to their need to understand patterns and connections. The visual/spatial person learns best with visual aids, such a charts, overhead transparencies and videos. Without the use of such images, that student's attention will wander.
We each possess all of these intelligences to greater or lesser degrees. It is the strength or weakness of each that affects our learning style. Curious about yours? Visit www.surf aquarium.com/MI/inventory.htm.
I believe teachers must understand not only their own dominant intelligence, but those of their students, as well. This simple assessment can save a lot of frustration between a teacher and student. A classroom environment that accommodates the various approaches will enhance learning, make the instructor's job easier, and create a fun learning experience for students. FUN?!
Since when is school fun? Never, for a sad majority of us. We cannot wait to escape the classroom, and we return kicking and screaming in protest. Most of my massage students felt dread and fear at the thought of going back to school, even for a future career that excited them. If the goal of school is to inspire a lifetime love of learning, it must turn students on - not off - to the academic experience.
Tips for Teaching to Multiple Intelligences
The verbal person's strengths are speaking and listening; they shine in the eyes of most teachers. Since the majority of us are also verbal/linguistic folks, the challenge for teachers is to move out of their comfort zones to embrace approaches to teaching that they are not familiar with. Adding drama and storytelling to lectures will enhance the experience for verbal learners.
The musical learner fits easily into the hands-on massage classroom, where background music is played as a soothing accompaniment to bodywork. Creating rhymes from lesson plans will help in memorizing information, as well. I once heard of an anatomy and physiology instructor who gave her class the assignment of creating a song for the flow of blood through the heart! The students did so with such enthusiasm, they easily memorized details they had previously struggled with.
The bodily/kinesthetic learner is a natural in the massage classroom! They excel at hands-on activities and movement, and will best absorb the lesson by performing the strokes.
Intrapersonal learners may seem "spacey" to an instructor, since their strength is self-reflection and inner awareness. These students are most in touch with their own feelings and do well with independent assignments that provide opportunities for self-discovery, such as journaling. Interpersonal learners have the ability to relate to others and understand another perspective. They do well in group discussions and cooperative learning environments. When I had an uneven number of students to pair up for the hands-on work, I assigned an interpersonal learner the role of assistant. The student excelled at reminding fellow students about proper body mechanics and demonstrating strokes, as well as offering general support and encouragement.
The logical/mathematical student is your analyzer. This person enjoys problem solving and quickly grasps patterns and connections. Based on my informal observations over years of teaching and staying in touch with graduates, these are the students most likely to continue advanced studies in rehabilitative bodywork. I call them the "Sherlock Holmes" of massage, as they love to figure out pain patterns, solve the mystery and provide relief. They will be serious students of the muscle system, and relentless inquisitors. Problem-solving experiments, diagrams and research will prove most helpful for this group.
The visual/spatial student learns via images. Videos, charts, and overheads help integrate information best for this person. They may enjoy working with the Anatomy Coloring Book.
The root of the verb "to educate" means "leading out that which is within." Our highest goal as educators is to do just that for our students - to help them bring forth the successful massage therapist within each of them. Deepak Chopra believes that encompassed within every desire is the power to fulfill it. I hope this article has helped you tap into that power with your students.
Gail Frei has 20 years of experience as an educator and has specialized in massage education since 1994, working as an instructor and program supervisor. She offers consulting services for schools desiring to set standards of excellence, and is currently working on a book for massage teachers.
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