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TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part II
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
Last spring, I discussed the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). (Editor's note: See "Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part I" in the May 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/05/08.html.) Problems with this part of our anatomy are now commonly referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or TM dysfunction.Numerous anatomical features may be involved in TMD, in large part related to the fact that many different clinicians are involved in its treatment.
One set of anatomical features involved in TMD is referred to as internal derangements. These problems involve problems with the articular disc, articular capsule, associated ligaments, and the bony articular surfaces. These problems may be related to osteoarthritis; neoplasia; fracture; disc displacement; etc.1
An important set of anatomical features sometimes associated with TMD is occlusal misalignments. The literature is equivocal on the significance of malocclusion and TMD; nonetheless, dentistry often plays a significant role in the management of certain TMJ problems. Different occlusal elements, including missing dentition, misaligned dentition and broken dentition, have been implicated in the etiology of TMD. In addition, these abnormal dental features certainly have an impact on the function of muscles of mastication, face and neck. Simons et al1 discuss the involvement of myofascial pain and TMD. It is still unclear whether myofascial pain associated with TMD is a primary causative agent, or the result of internal derangements, as discussed above. In any event, there is often muscular pain associated with TMD. How this myofascial pain manifests itself will in part determine the type of clinician and modalities used to treat the problem. Sometimes pain is not apparent, but muscle imbalance creating uneven mandibular opening and closing is obvious.
Neuralgias may be associated with TMD, or even confused with it. These neuralgias may result from almost any condition, from posttraumatic to post-herpetic to nerve compression.
These anatomically based disorders are treated in several different ways. Acute pain can be managed palliatively until the cause can be identified and treated in an appropriate manner. Eliminating the cause can be complicated and time-consuming. The cause is often multifactorial, requiring cooperation between patient and clinician(s). Common causative factors include malocclusion; body mechanics; various forms of arthritis; chewing dysfunctions; and stress.
Although TMD can represent a very complex set of etiological factors, it also offers an opportunity for the cooperation of several different clinicians to help manage and solve its presenting features.
Click here for previous articles by Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB.
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