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Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
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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