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Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
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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