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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.
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.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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!
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
Build a Specialized Practice Taking a Dissection Seminar
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
There are many ways to build a positive reputation that will make you and your massage practice stand out. In all professions, from attorneys and accountants to medical doctors and massage therapists, advanced study and skillful application of that knowledge creates specialists. Specialists are not only sought out, but typically are able to charge a premium for their services.
In addition to specializing in countless modalities, a massage therapist has the opportunity to become a specialist in the study of the human body via an educational, hands-on, full-body dissection seminar. This article will discuss how taking a dissection seminar can help you build your practice and become a specialist in your community. By learning more about the body, you are better able to assess, treat and educate your patients.
Is More Knowledge Better?
One thing that massage therapists have in common with doctors, regardless of whether the therapist works in a spa, a private clinic, or a chiropractic, physical therapy or medical office, is that they see a range of individuals, each with a unique combination of symptoms, complaints and outcomes. Most would agree that the more knowledge a physician has about a particular system of the body, the better they are at assessing, diagnosing and developing a treatment plan. However, it also is important for doctors to understand the other systems of the body and how they will be affected by various treatment plans.
The same is true for massage therapists. You might be an excellent massage therapist, however, that doesn't mean you won't benefit substantially by expanding your knowledge base of the human body. That is where participating in a dissection seminar can put you at a major advantage in your chosen massage modality, be it Swedish massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) or any other modality.
The Dissection Experience
A full-body dissection seminar is a rare opportunity for most health care professionals, especially massage therapists. Textbook imagery and DVDs of dissection are great educational tools, but they can never replace the experience of seeing and touching the very tissues that comprise the human body. A dissection seminar allows massage therapists to learn about the body in a manner similar to a doctor. Participants move through the body, layer by layer, examining and comparing tissues, and the discoveries are nothing short of amazing. Seminar students find everything from replacement knee and hip joints to pacemakers and heart-replacement valves.
Have you ever wondered what the tissues look like under your patient's scars? Or how these tissues were affected by a knee or hip joint replacement? Have you ever wondered what an artery filled with plaque looks like or how easy or difficult it is to break a piece of plaque off the arterial wall during a massage? What does the inside of the chest cavity look like after the sternum has been cut in half and the chest has been spread apart for bypass surgery? Or what about the wrist that has experienced a carpel-tunnel release procedure?
Would it be helpful for you to see and touch cancerous tissues? How valuable would it be to see, touch and compare the same muscle, such as a bicep or trapezius, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time? Are you curious about how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle tendons merge to form the Achilles tendon? Or the relationship between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle? Would you like to see how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy? All of these and more can be discovered in the dissection lab.
Clarity in the Treatment Room
Dissection has helped me better understand the effects of postural distortions and improper biomechanics from the impact of various surgical procedures. Dissection has also helped me understand the positions and stresses of the myofascial tissues and "see" them as 3D holograms in my head.
For example, I now understand how during bypass surgery (a common procedure among patients), the great saphenous vein is removed from the lower extremity. This is what causes the long scar on the medial side of a patient's thigh and leg. I also now know exactly what structure was removed and how deep it was embedded in the thigh and leg. I have seen how it was reattached and used for coronary bypass surgery. I know exactly what tissues and systems of the body were affected during the operation and how the tissues healed. The dissection process allows you as a massage therapist to see through both the doctor's eyes and the patient's body at the same time, giving you greater clarity and insight in the treatment room with your patients.
Although there are many ways to learn about the body, a dissection seminar allows you to see many of the common procedures and dysfunction people experience during the course of a lifetime. Attending a dissection seminar offers a very special understanding of the body, as well as new insights and ways of applying massage techniques. To become a specialist, one must pursue advanced education. For more information about upcoming seminars, please visit www.KentHealth.com.
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