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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part I
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
The human temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is involved in the etiology of several clinical complaints, including jaw pain, tongue pain and headache. Although small, this joint has a rather complex structure and function.By placing your middle finger over the TMJ (just inferior and slightly anterior to the external auditory meatus) and slowly opening and closing your mandible, you should feel a nice smooth motion bilaterally. This motion will start as a jaw opening (depression); at the end of the movement ( at the point just prior to fully opening the jaw), you should feel the joint glide anteriorly. Some will feel one side move out of synch with the other; others may feel one or both sides suddenly "snap" anteriorly. A few may feel a "crackle" (crepitus) on one or both sides; still others may feel and/or hear a "pop" as the articular disc releases.
Let's consider some of the underlying anatomical and functional aspects of the TMJ. The TMJ is formed by parts of two bones: the temporal bone and the mandible. More specifically, the condyloid process of the mandibular ramus fits into the mandibular (glenoid) fossa of the zygomatic process of the temporal bone. This mandibular fossa is bounded posteriorly by the retroarticular process and anteriorly by the articular tubercle. There is a well-defined articular disc within the joint cavity and an articular capsule enveloping the joint. (Author's note: For more information, please refer to one of the atlas pictures listed below.) Interestingly, the disc separates the joint cavity into two functionally separate compartments: one inferior and one superior. Another unique feature of this joint is that the articular surfaces are covered by dense fibrous connective tissue instead of hyaline cartilage, as is usual in synovial joints. This type of connective tissue allows for joint remodeling. The disc attaches to bone medially, laterally and posteriorly, but blends with the articular capsule anteriorly. The articular capsule and the lateral ligament further stabilize this joint. Medially, the sphenomandibular ligament assists in TMJ stabilization. Posteriorly, the stylomandibular ligament assists in joint stabilization.
The TMJ is considered a compound joint, because it operates as two separate but related functional units. The articular disc and the mandibular condyle form the first functional unit. These two act together in most hinge-type movements. This is when the jaw is depressed. The condyle and the disc together move (glide) on the articular eminence for full mandibular opening. The jaw may also be protracted (protruding the mandible) or retracted. In addition, there is lateral displacement about the TMJ. The primary muscles producing these mandibular movements are: depression-lateral pterygoids with help from the digastric, mylohyoid and geniohyoid muscles; elevation-masseter, temporalis and medial pterygoids; retraction-posterior temporalis; protraction-lateral pterygoids; and lateral displacement-contralateral lateral pterygoid. Earlier descriptions of a separate "superior pterygoid" muscle acting solely upon the articular disc seem to have been unfounded.1
The innervation of the TMJ is derived from branches of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve; specifically, the masseteric and auriculotemporal branches. The blood supply is derived from the superficial temporal and maxillary branches of the external carotid artery. Lymphatic drainage is primarily into the deep cervical nodes.
Next month, I will discuss various TMJ dysfunctions as they relate specifically to the underlying anatomical features. It will then become clear why so many clinicians of various types treat TMJ dysfunction.
Click here for previous articles by Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB.
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