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Time to Address the Global Impact of Pain
More people may be living longer, but they're not enjoying it, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Embrace the Necessity of Change
My son, David, and my daughter, Deborah, play high-school and club soccer. For those of you who aren't familiar with this lifestyle, each practices two to three times a week, 48-50 weeks a year. Between the two, they play approximately 70 games annually.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Coding for Functional Performance Testing and Measurements
I have noticed a trend for medical necessity of chiropractic services to be defined with statements and language indicating "functional improvement" as one of the standards for efficacy of treatment.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
How's Your Bucket? Two Key Benchmarks to Help Plug the Holes
Just about every businessperson knows it's far less expensive to hold on to a repeat customer than it is to acquire a new customer.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Viewpoints: Pes Anserine Tendonitis vs. Medial Meniscal Tear
What do you think stiff golf shoes, playing with a child, riding a bike, running and swimming the breaststroke all have in common? Each requires knee joint involvement. To quote physical therapist Gary Gray, "The knee is just the dumb guy in the middle."
A Simple Exam Protocol to Assess Lower-Extremity Imbalance
One of the most common conditions of the human frame is excessive foot pronation, in which the foot rolls inward, creating a foot that is flatter, wider and longer. A resultant subluxation pattern of the various tarsals and metatarsals results.
Are You Using Your Professional Title Ethically?
Many faculty members teaching in the classroom or performing research within academic institutions have earned doctorates and use the title of "Doctor" or "Dr." They are usually referred to as professor or doctor within the classroom by students.
Sacroiliac Pain: A Complex Puzzle
I don't think we manage SI misalignment properly. First, we tell our patients they have an SI problem. I am not convinced this is accurate, and I will speak to that issue. Second, I think repetitive mobilization of the SI joints is not useful.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
February, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 02
How to be a Better Teacher
By Rita Woods, LMT
Teaching is an art and a science. It's an art in that, as a teacher, you must be spontaneous and creative as the circumstances require; and it's a science in that there is a best way to teach involving methodology and planning.
There's an old adage that says, "Not to prepare is to prepare to fail." That is so true when it comes to teaching. Failure to prepare is apparent when students don't learn or are unable to grasp concepts, are a discipline problem or become indifferent. If you are a student and show any of these signs, first, shame on you. Second, see them as signals that you might be unaware of how you learn. To be successful, it's up to us as individuals to find our strengths and use them to our own advantage.
Instructors, on the other hand, have a double challenge. First, you have your own unique learning style and you will tend to teach in the same way you learn. Second, you must find and implement teaching methods that will reach the majority of your students. In short, you must be willing to present learning opportunities that would be uncomfortable for you as a learner.
Learning and teaching styles comprise a large segment of traditional academic instructor training. Variety is important. Thanks to technological advances in multimedia, we have more presentation methods readily available to us. However, that only helps with the delivery. We must professionally prepare the material to be delivered in the most effective way possible.
Adult learners are ready to get right to the core of the material. They tend to prefer a single concept that focuses heavily on the application of that concept. This tendency increases with age. Adults need to be able to integrate new ideas with what they already know. Adults have sought out their new learning experience as a means to change something about their life. And we all know what a life-changing experience massage therapy school can be! Making the best use of time and material is very important to the adult learner.
Each person is wired differently and what may seem comfortable to one person is not for another. Finding out what works for you can make your life more seamless. Let's say you're a global learner. You want the big picture first - the concept and the idea - then you fill in the details. You will have students who are linear learners with a strong need for order. You can address that need by presenting the material in an orderly and systemized fashion.
We can take in and assimilate more information if it comes to us in chunks. A chunk is one piece of the presentation that includes material that is alike or that fits together. It's the most common method of organization but often is ignored. For instance, if you are going to discuss the upper body, then "chunk" it into the arm, the shoulder, anterior neck, posterior neck, etc. For the instructor, this makes your planning and delivery a system that is easy to follow. For the student, this allows you to see the big picture, plus the details.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make as teachers is to present a lot of material in an unorganized fashion. Not only do you run the risk of the student not hearing you, if the brain is overcome by the information it is unable to assimilate and retain even simple concepts. It's not about how much material you present but how you present it.
A Helpful Rule of Thumb is the 5 +/- 2 Rule
The brain can take in an average of five new concepts per hour. If it's difficult material, then the "minus two" factor comes into play. So you can grasp about three new concepts. If the material is easy with no new ground-breaking concepts, then "add two" more concepts to the mix. So you could feasibly present seven new concepts in that hour. And by the way, remember the group advances at the rate of the slowest learner. This is especially important if you are working in a group dynamic. This rule helps the facilitator by providing a guide to make outlines, lesson plans and allot the appropriate time to each segment. For the student, this will allow you to organize your notes and study for exams.
There is no substitute for good principles. Here is a list I have found helpful and I refer to it periodically. I'd love to give the author credit for the list, but alas, I have no idea who wrote it.
12 Teaching Principles
You might want to keep this list handy as we will discuss these principles in future articles.
As you prepare to teach or to learn, the concepts we discussed today can serve as a foundation. Remember to vary your presentation methods to accommodate different learning styles. Preparation is your greatest ally for success. Organize your material in chunks. Plan to present according to the 5 +/- 2 Rule, and following good principles will always support your efforts.
Next month, the focus will be on writing learning objectives. Objectives make up the core of all education including writing programs for continuing education approval. I'll demystify them and show you how to write them with ease.
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