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News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
There are multiple reasons to take a class or workshop as continuing education. Sometimes the motivation is simply to accumulate points for some organizational or licensing requirement. Sometimes the motivation comes from having heard that some instructor or course is particularly "great." Both can be factors, but will serve you better if you give yourself time and space for a bit of planning. Training serves best when it is put to early use that moves it toward experience.
The first part of what makes a class a good match for you should come from self-reflection about your current practice. Think about things you may have started doing in the recent past, simply because your mix of clients or practice context has changed. If there are techniques or areas of knowledge that you are using but don't feel comfortable with, you've just identified a class you should find. Look for an instructor or teaching group that can fill in and smooth out these areas. One clue for you is that a potential instructor should be able to clearly state how what he/she offers will reinforce your skills and knowledge in your weak areas. If the instructor can't do that, look elsewhere.
Compare what you are offering in your practice now and what you would like to be offering a few years from now. Literally visualize yourself in that role, moving through your day. Confirm that your activities and place feel right for who you are or want to become. Create a transition plan that identifies the steps you need to take to acquire new skills and knowledge, and turn them incrementally into solid experience. Now you have a path and a catalog to guide your course shopping.
The second part of what should draw you toward a class has to do with learning itself. Some recent research on the process of learning has looked at what makes particular video games popular and what occurs as people learn to play them.1-2 One concept that came out of this research was that students prosper when the subject matter challenges them right at the edge of their abilities. Make the lessons too difficult and the students get frustrated. Make them too easy and people get bored. Further concepts noted that practicing new forms of visual and kinesthetic perception literally enhances the ability to perceive, whatever the starting point. A final observation was that, while initially a lot of attention and effort was required, mastery, taking as little as a month to occur, brought a quieting of the brain as measured by the rate of glucose use.
Applying the thoughts above, look for material that challenges you step by step but doesn't confound you. Make sure that the step-in ability is based on where you are currently and equally - that it is indeed a step outside of your current comfort area. Look for presenters who draw you in, include you, and challenge your participation. Look for those whose joy of teaching reaches toward your own joy of learning and doing. Enjoy the process in its challenges to your mind and body skills, and cherish where, with a bit of planning, it can take you.
Oddly enough, then, confronting what was, for me, a new form of learning and thinking was both frustrating and life enhancing. This was a state that I could remember from my days in graduate school and earlier in my career (and when I changed careers midstream). Having long routinized my ways of learning and thinking, however, I had forgotten this state. It brought back home to me, forcefully, that learning is or should be both frustrating and life enhancing so that people keep going and don't fall back on learning and thinking only what is simple and easy."1
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