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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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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