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Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
Anatomy has an age-old relationship with medicine and its origins. This association goes back at least three millennia. The word "anatomy" is derived from the Greek "ana," which means "part," and "tome," which means "a cutting." So, anatomy really refers to cutting apart or to dissecting.
The availability of and attitude toward dissecting human cadavers has varied greatly over the past three thousand years.At times, we had to dissect animals and infer from those studies what human structure must be like. At other times, we had the opportunity to dissect great numbers of human bodies and speculate as to the function of the parts we observed.
Arguably the first great anatomist/physician was Galen. His dissections led him to speculate about the function of the human body. Some of his speculations were accurate; most were not. Galen's influence over the science of anatomy lasted over 1,000 years. It was not until after the dark ages that some early anatomists challenged Galen's speculations.
Three thousand years later, we still observe a close relationship between anatomy and medicine. We also have had an ever-increasing number of professions that demand a study of the anatomy. This demand is related to the fact that the study of anatomy is fundamental to any profession that purports to fix broken anatomy; adjust "wounded "anatomy, assist dysfunctional anatomy; or relax stressed anatomy. Massage therapists and body workers may fit into all or certainly some of these professional groups. How do we study anatomy? The answer to this question is as varied as the professions, which work with the human body.
In my view, the single best way to learn human anatomy is to systematically take apart a body. This is a long and arduous process, but one that is as rewarding and awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, few professions have the opportunity or privilege to dissect a human cadaver. This has led to all sorts of scenarios in which teachers and students attempt to learn the structure of the human body.
With the exception of computer-aided instruction, all of the above methods in some form have been used for the last several thousand years. The dissection of a human body is far and away the best. Unfortunately, it is not feasible or even possible in many instances.
I am biased in that I am an anatomist. I love my science. I am fascinated by it. I am in awe of the human body. After having taught medical gross anatomy for about 15 years, I started studying bodywork and massage. Sitting through the practical clinical portions of many courses, I was struck that I could absorb the material at lightning speed, I had already had the experience of guiding others through hundreds of human bodies. My classmates were envious; I helped them when I could, but many times my references falsely assumed that they to had dissected. My efforts were compromised.
I recall a few years back, I heard a massage therapist say that she had the opportunity to visit a cadaver lab. She found the atmosphere depressing, the bodies smelly and grotesque, and the experience was of no value to her chosen profession. I do not understand. Every time I visit the human body, inside or out, I am in awe. The human body is a beautiful thing.
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