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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB.
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