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B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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!
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.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
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.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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."
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.
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.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
September, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 09
Massage for Back Pain: Let's Look at the Research
By Peter W. Crownfield
Statistics show that nearly 80% of adults suffer from at least one episode of back pain in their lives.1 If you're not a believer in statistics and averages, you probably don't have to look too far to find tangible, real-life examples of back pain - perhaps even from personal experience.
The economic and physical consequences of back pain are fairly clear: billions of dollars in lost workdays, insurance resources, and health care costs each year2, coupled with significant disability and dysfunction. However, pinning down the source of the pain, and doing something about it, can be an entirely different matter. Muscle strain; normal wear-and tear; overexertion; poor posture; improper lifting; organ dysfunction; disease; and stress are just some of the potential causes of back pain. Even the so-called health care "experts" rarely agree on what causes back pain, or on the most effective approach to managing the condition.
Consumer utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has risen dramatically in the past 10 years3, and with it, the number of back pain patients seeking massage. In 1997, one in three U.S. adults with low back pain sought the services of a CAM provider, particularly massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists.3,4
Despite the common-sense notion that massage therapy can help ease back pain, few scientific studies have confirmed beneficial results - until recently. Since 1999, four major randomized, controlled trials5,6,7,8 and one systematic literature review9 have evaluated the efficacy of massage for treating back pain. The most recent (and perhaps most convincing) of the five appeared in the April 23, 2001 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine5, a publication of the American Medical Association.
This randomized trial compared therapeutic massage with traditional Chinese medical acupuncture and self-care education for chronic low back pain (LBP). Two hundred and sixty-two patients, 20-70 years old and with persistent LBP, were randomly selected from a local HMO to receive one of the three interventions for 10 weeks. Most patients had received initial treatment for their pain at least one year earlier, and most reported continuous pain in the year leading up to the study. Most were using pain medication (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Acupuncture and massage were provided by licensed therapists (12 massage therapists, 7 acupuncturists) with at least three years of experience in their respective fields.
Patients in the massage group (N=78) received up to 10 massage visits, consisting of various massage techniques, including Swedish, movement re-education; deep tissue; moist heat or cold; trigger or pressure point; and neuromuscular. The massage therapists also recommended stretching exercises and educated patients on "body awareness" techniques to help recognize early warning signs of injury.
Patients in the acupuncture group (N=94) received up to 10 treatments in the form of basic needling techniques; moxibustion; infrared lamp heat; cupping; and needle electrostimulation. As with the massage group, the acupuncture group was given exercise recommendations.
Patients in the self-care group (N=90) received a book and two videotapes that discussed management and prevention strategies for chronic back pain.
Patients in all three groups retained access to their HMO medical provider during the study period. Phone interviews served to assess outcomes at 4, 10 and 52 weeks after randomization; results are presented as follows:
In their conclusion, lead author Daniel Cherkin and colleagues note: "Therapeutic massage was effective for persistent low back pain, apparently providing long-lasting benefits. Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture was relatively ineffective. Massage might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent back pain."
Is massage an effective therapeutic treatment for back pain? No doubt your patients think so, especially after months or years of receiving your care. It's good to see that, slowly but surely, the research is proving what the massage community, and the people it serves, have always known.
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