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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
The Dangers of Biking
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Cycling has changed dramatically in the past 25 years. Hi-tech bikes have gradually taken over the market, to the point that finding a bike that allows you to sit upright in a balanced position is difficult.Bikes are sleeker, lighter, and designed as if the rider intended to participate in the Tour de France. Competitive road racing mandates the flexed position to reduce wind resistance and deliver maximum power to the pedals. Off-road racing adds punishing forces from irregular terrain. If this forward-bent position is assumed by the average rider, the consequences are likely to be more severe. Many bicycles on the market, such as road bikes and mountain bikes, force your body to constantly lean your weight forward, increasing the danger of injury. The forward-bent position may be slightly more efficient for riding speed, but it places enormous stress on the low back, neck, shoulders, elbows and especially the wrists. Road bikes on which the rider is bent forward are harder on the back and neck. Mountain bikes ridden on rough terrain are rough on the wrists, elbows and shoulders, especially if the rider leans forward on the hands.
In the forward-bent position, continual tension is placed on the muscles, tendons, joints and supporting ligaments, from the hands, through the shoulders and into the back. Because these structures are under tension, bumps in the road send shockwaves of stress through the elbows, the shoulders and the very sensitive wrist joints, making all of these areas more vulnerable to injury. Furthermore, the head, which is one of the heaviest parts of the body, is held up with the neck in extension for long periods of time, fatiguing the muscles of the neck and reducing the circulation and nerve impulses down the arms. The low back ligaments also are in a constantly stretched position, which makes them more vulnerable to damage by sudden additional forces. But the greatest stress is placed on the wrist joints and their surrounding ligaments.
Mountain biking in this position is particularly dangerous because of the uneven terrain riders often traverse. Sudden wrist sprains may occur merely as a result of hitting several bumps in the road. The biker's hands often lose circulation and become cold in this position. This may be followed by a numbing sensation, setting the stage for injury to the wrists and elbows. The bikes of 30 years ago may have looked "clunkier," but they were more in tune with sound body mechanics. Sitting upright, as one might do at the gym on a stationary bike, is great exercise without the strain on the body's joints and ligaments.
What can we do to cycle and stay injury-free? If you are a recreational biker, try to find a bike that allows the body to remain in a completely upright position. You can also buy new handlebars or extensions, which allow you to ride more upright. If you are a serious biker who races regularly, and you want to ride a road bike in the forward-bent posture, make sure you warm up your neck and back thoroughly before riding. Take frequent breaks in which you regain an upright position. Work to make your hamstrings and quadriceps flexible and strong. This will help protect your back. A sufficiently flexible person should be able to bring the heel of the foot to the buttock with relative ease to stretch the quadriceps, and be able to place the hands or at least the fingertips on the floor while bending forward with the knees straight to stretch the hamstrings.
Without preventive care, many cycling injuries will likely occur. Recumbent bikes are a good alternative, because they are much easier on the body. Bicycles that make our clients continually lean forward may be good for our business as massage therapists, but they are not good for the health of our clients.
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