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Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
The Queen of Mean
By Gail Frei, LMT, NCTMB Tiffany Field, PhD
It happened in my high school creative writing class. I had turned in a paper I knew I'd put little effort into. Why bother? I already had an A for the class. With summer around the corner, my focus was more on playing than paper writing.The next week, my teacher, Ms. Santoro, handed back our papers. As she slid mine across the desk, she leaned in for my ears only and whispered, "I wept when I read this. You are capable of so much more."
BUSTED! Did I think Ms. Santoro was mean? You bet! Did that diminish her as my teacher? Hardly! In a strange way, I respected the fact that she refused to let me slide by with shoddy work. Ms. Santoro expected excellence from her students. By holding me to that standard, she honored my potential even as she humiliated my performance.
While I don't recommend Ms. Santoro's approach, I am an advocate of strict standards and expect excellence from students. But how can we teachers hold our students to high standards without wearing the tiara of "The Queen of Mean" (Ms. Santoro's nickname)?
In his book, The Courage To Teach, Parker J. Palmer suggests facilitating "a classroom in which teachers and students alike are focused on a great thing, a classroom in which the best features of teacher- and student-centered education are merged and transcended by putting not teacher, not student, but subject at the center of our attention."
The subject we must put "at the center of our attention" is not simply massage. To elevate massage to "the great thing" that commands our attention, we as teachers must imbue our subject with our own passion for and pride in our profession! Professional enthusiasm must share center stage with our commitment to our students' success in this new career. Thus, both teacher and students are held accountable to standards that support the professional practice of massage and the highest purpose it serves: quality client care.
The methods and techniques each teacher uses will vary, for as Palmer states, "good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." The bottom line, though, is that we lead by our own example of professionalism. I began my career in education as a Montessori preschool teacher. What attracted me to that philosophy was its refusal to use a system of external rewards and punishments to motivate children. Maria Montessori believed that even at the young age of three, students were self-motivated to learn. Yet too many teachers have lost this belief in their adult students! How can it be restored? By using the classroom as a microcosm of a successful massage practice.
I will use dress code as an example, although this approach applies to attendance, punctuality, participation, or any other issue of classroom discipline. Many students balk at the idea of a dress code. Some school administrators go along with this and abandon set standards in favor of allowing students to use common sense in their attire. Sadly, this has only served to prove true my mother's saying that "common sense is not so common."
However, if the school sets a standard of what is acceptable in the classroom based on what will best support the students' success in the profession, a common ground can be reached. I believe our students want to succeed and have a sincere desire to serve their clients.
Outrageous outfits, visible body piercings, tattoos, etc., are a turn-off to a large segment of the population. Students who insist on such adornments cut themselves off from the very clients who will pay for their services. They sabotage their own success. By allowing this in our classrooms, we are, in effect, co-saboteurs, enabling our students to fail. As teachers, we must not be afraid to use our authority to empower our students to succeed in the real world!
Next time you excuse a student for poor performance, ask yourself if you are truly honoring his/her potential for success.
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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