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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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