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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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
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.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Ligaments and Joint Mobility
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question 1: True or False: Tendons should be tight, and ligaments should be relaxed and loose.
Answer: False. Muscles, not tendons, should be relaxed and loose.Ligaments should be tight to support and stabilize the joints.
Question 2: The real meaning of being double-jointed is that the person has:
Answer: b and d. A so-called "double-jointed" person is born with ligaments that are longer than needed for his or her body. As a result, this person has very flexible joints. In addition, people who are born with normal ligaments may, over time, develop loose ligaments as a result of repeated injuries and stretching of the scar tissue that forms.
The above two questions relate to a basic principle in understanding the injury process: the more movement or flexibility there is at a particular joint, the more prone to injury the area is. The greater the range of motion, the more possibilities there are for injuries to occur. The greater-than-normal flexibility of loose ligaments permits excessive movement at the joints, sometimes providing amazing athletic prowess as well as increased vulnerability.
The principle, "the more flexibility the more prone to injury" can easily be seen in areas of injury frequency. For example, more low backs and necks are injured than thoracic spines. There is much more mobility in the neck and low back joints of the spine than in the thoracic region. This is because the ribs of the thorax are held tightly in place at the spine by numerous ligaments, reinforcing the thoracic cavity that protects our internal organs. Along with the spinal ligaments, the ligaments that hold the ribs in place prevent free movement of the thoracic vertebrae and help to stabilize the thoracic spine. By contrast, in the neck and low back, where only the spinal ligaments support the vertebrae, there is greater flexibility and injuries are more frequent.
In summary, ligaments maintain the structural integrity of joints. When there is a great deal of mobility at a joint, as in people who are "double-jointed" or who have been subjected to multiple injuries, the ligaments and joint capsules stretch and loosen over time and are therefore more likely to become injured.
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