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Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
This issue of Massage Today marks the first anniversary of our publication. I am pleased to say that Massage Today has met most of its first-year goals, and is now the most well-read publication in the massage and bodywork community! I thank all the readers for your continued support and suggestions for improvement; all the authors who have submitted articles for publication; and especially our esteemed columnists, who each month prepare useful, interesting and thought-provoking columns for you, our readers! A year ago, I wrote that Massage Today had brought together a collection of leaders in our field to report to us on their unique perspectives and points of view.My personal feeling is that Massage Today's columnists are the best and most read celebrities in the massage and bodywork community today.
Unfortunately, we had to say thank you and goodbye to two of those columnists. In 2001, both Doc Clay and Whitney Lowe felt the need to stop sharing their thoughts with Massage Today readers. I wish Doc Clay much success with his soon-to-be-published textbook, and Whitney Lowe perseverance and insight as he accepts the gavel as the NCBTMB's new chairman early in 2002. We have all benefited from their contributions, and they will be sorely missed. I hope to see them back in print with Massage Today soon if they feel they are able.
Despite their absence in as we begin 2002, I am proud to have continuing columnists Ben Benjamin; Steve Capellini; Neal Cross; Barbra Esher; Keith Grant; Perry Isenberg; Kate Jordan; Claudette Laroche; Vivian Madison-Mahoney; Cherie Sohnen-Moe; Lynda Solien-Wolfe; Ralph Stephens; John Upledger; and Ruth Werner contributing on a regular basis. In the coming months, I hope to introduce several new columnists to join our existing list of experts. Please remember that all of our columnists have contact information listed at the end of their articles. Be sure to let them know if there are specific issues you'd like them to cover in future columns!
While Massage Today has met many first year's goals, it hasn't always been easy. The road to success has not been without potholes and speedbumps! Some have questioned the publication's motives. I assure you that Massage Today remains true to its purpose of bringing unique, diverse perspectives and points of view into the light of day. My guess is that much of the questioning and scrutinizing comes from a lack of ability to put a "spin" on the articles we've published. In the past, the massage and bodywork community was small enough that the various entities were able to almost completely control the print coverage that mentions them. They now seem to prefer that independent media ignore them entirely or accept their public relations offerings as "news." In my opinion, the massage and bodywork community has grown too much for that to be possible anymore. The community is now large enough that when certifying bodies, professional associations, educational entities and accrediting bodies take action, they affect significant portions of our society. Here at Massage Today, we consider several aspects before determining an article as "news." We first look at whether the item affects a significant portion of the community. If a smaller portion of the community is affected, we measure the magnitude of the effect on that smaller group.
I'm pleased with our news coverage in the past year, and downright proud of much of it. I hope you are, too. My one disappointment in our inaugural year was that I couldn't overcome these suspicions of motive. In my very first column, I wrote: "I will strive to enable [Massage Today] to transcend the animosities sometimes seen among various schools, associations, modalities and experience levels, and will encourage the sharing of divergent perspectives." I think I've done my part - but animosities are still there. I'm going to keep trying!
Drum roll please... . This issue also represents a new beginning for Massage Today. With the January 2002 issue, we've initiated a spa section of Massage Today. You will find our long-time spa contributor, Steve Capellini, in the new section, as well as inaugural spa columnists Robin Zill and John Fanuzzi. Additional impressive columnists will be introduced to you in future months. Providing news of the massage & bodywork and spa communities is a natural progression. The advantages of serving both professions with one publication are obvious:
Because Massage Today includes every massage therapist, bodyworker and spa, it can truly be a place where everyone can discuss issues, share ideas and work for positive change. Inclusiveness creates the trust that serves as the foundation for personal and industry growth. I hope you enjoy the added features! I don't know about you, but I sincerely hope that 2002 has more news, but is less "eventful" than 2001!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue of Massage Today. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to the address listed below:
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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