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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
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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