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The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
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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