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A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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