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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
The Power of Touch: Helping Vietnam Veterans
Promising Studies on Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
By Editorial Staff
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after exposure to any frightening or threatening event involving potential or actual physical harm.Symptoms of this often-debilitating condition include flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, irritability and sudden outbursts of anger.
Military troops, particularly those with combat experience, seem to be at high risk for PTSD. It's been estimated that nearly one million Vietnam veterans developed PTSD. Tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD receive treatment from the U.S. Veterans' Administration (VA) for PTSD. It's been estimated that nearly one million Vietnam veterans developed PTSD. Tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD receive treatment from the VA in the form of medication and/or talk therapy, but with limited results. Many others continue to live without treatment for their condition.
A program sponsored by the renowned Upledger Foundation in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, may provide a glimpse into the effective treatment of PTSD. The program's protocol, co-designed with the West Palm Beach Veterans' Administration medical center, sought to "present a statistically sound representation of how CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release help ease the often devastating symptoms of PTSD in Vietnam veterans."
The "Vietnam Veteran Intensive Treatment Program," as it was called, initially involved 24 veterans recruited for 10-day intensive programs; 22 patients completed the program. Diagnostic and assessment tests, administered on the first and last day of the program, served to confirm prior diagnosis of PTSD and to assess the extent of changes following treatment.
Craniosacral system evaluations at pre and post-treatment were used to assess physical improvement in each patient. Changes in psychological distress were quantified using 13 symptom variables:
CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release followed established Upledger principles. CranioSacral Therapy involved using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams-about the weight of a nickel-to test and release restrictions in the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord) to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
SomatoEmotional Release, an expansion on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy, involved the integration of manual techniques with verbal processing skills and other creative methods. The goal was to help the vets physically identify and expel energy cysts (the imprint in the body of physical forces from accidents, injury and emotional shock) and resolve negative emotional experiences.
Results (see graphs) provide evidence of dramatic improvements with respect to all 13 variables following treatment:
Overall, statistically significant improvements were noted in all of the variables, suggesting that results were a direct consequence of the treatments delivered. One of the most impressive findings demonstrated a shift in subjects' attitudes from hopelessness to optimism. Further reports will analyze 30 and 60-day and six-month post-treatment scores.
Commenting on the results, program founder Dr. John Upledger said: "We ease the vets into positions that help bring back experiences that have been buried. Once the patient begins to get symbolic images, we can use dialogue to slowly convert the image into something like the exact experience." According to Dr. Upledger, once the patient relives a buried experience under these therapeutic circumstances, it's often released from the tissues - and gone for good.
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