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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Tactile Sensations Affect Perception, Not Reality
By Rita Woods, LMT
Did you know that holding a warm cup of coffee can foster a sense of trust in another person? Touching is an important part of interacting with our environment and people. Research suggests that touch, including temperature sensations can subconsciously affect our impressions of others, the decisions we make and even our behavior.
New scientific evidence now suggests that what we think and perceive can result from associating concepts we garnered from touch experiences. A recent study,1 supported by the National Institutes of Health, set out to discover whether or not tactile impressions affect what we think and believe. Researchers, Dr. John Bargh (Yale), Dr. Joshua Ackerman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Christopher Nocera (Harvard), designed a series of experiments to test whether the characteristics of an object can affect our judgment about unrelated things.
Weight, texture and hardness are often used as metaphors. Weight is associated with concepts of seriousness and importance (e.g. a "weighty matter" or "light reading"). And roughness and smoothness are associated with difficulty and harshness (e.g. a "rough day" or "smooth sailing"). Hardness and softness are associated with stability, rigidity and strictness (e.g. "hard-hearted" or "soft on someone"). To test these sensible concepts, the researchers conducted four experiments:
What they found suggests that information acquired through touch creates imperceivable influence over what we think and believe. "Our minds are deeply and organically linked to our bodies," said Bargh. They also found that these tactile experiences can create beliefs that may differ from reality.
The multi-sensory interactions we experience are a natural process that takes place in certain regions of the brain. We unknowingly use several of our senses to discern and learn. For instance, when someone shows you an object that you are not familiar with, you instinctively reach out your hand to grasp it and say, "Can I see that?" This response suggests that investigation involves more than vision, it is rather the sum of seeing, touching, feeling and even manipulating the unfamiliar object.
The Concept of Warmth
New evidence shows that one region of our brain is involved in both our physical and psychological ideas of warmth; warmth, in terms of personality traits, translates to "trust" and "generosity". In a study2 also supported by the National Institutes of Health, researchers looked at the concept of warmth.
The researchers placed each of the 41 participants in a building lobby. The participant was then met by a woman carrying a cup of coffee, a clipboard and two textbooks. During the elevator ride up, the woman casually asked the participants to hold her cup of coffee while she recorded information on her clipboard. Half of the participants were given a cup of hot coffee and the other half iced coffee.
Once they reached their meeting room, the participants were given a questionnaire about someone who was described as intelligent, skillful, industrious, determined, practical and cautious. They were then asked to rate the person on personality traits related to warm/cold ideas. Those participants holding a warm cup of coffee in their elevator ride perceived the person as "more loving, friendly and having positive characteristics". Those asked to hold the iced coffee were more likely to perceive the same person as "less generous, less sociable and less caring".
So holding something warm did affect the impressions about an individual, but the researchers now wondered if it could affect their behavior as well. So they devised the following experiment:
They asked another group of volunteers to briefly hold either a hot or cold therapeutic pad, telling them it was for a product evaluation. After the participants rated the effectiveness of the pad, they were given a choice of reward for participating. They could choose either a Snapple beverage or an ice cream certificate for themselves or for a friend. Regardless of whether the gift was a Snapple or an ice cream certificate, the participants who held the cold pad were more likely to choose the gift for themselves. Those who held the warm pad, in contrast, were more likely to choose the gift for a friend.
It's interesting to note that holding a cup of hot coffee not only affected the participants' judgement but also made the same participants more likely to buy a gift for someone than if they held iced coffee!
Making Our Impression
As massage therapists, our livelihood comes from touching others. These experiments demonstrate the importance of the quality of our touch. This affects not only the quality of care but the impressions we give our clients about ourselves. By the way, another experiment using poor personal hygiene equates to the belief that the person with poor hygiene habits was lacking in moral integrity.
If you want to be successful in life, it would be wise to consider the unconscious brain. First impressions are likely to be influenced by the tactile environment. In other words, keep your environment, office and home filled with soft chairs that are tranquil in nature. Maintain a comfortable room temperature. Keep warm things and drinks available, especially in the winter. Involve a heavy item when you want someone to take it seriously. And maintain impeccable personal hygiene. This will help them view you as warm, trustworthy, qualified and of high moral character. All of which are important to a successful business.
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