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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
Olympic Research Projects Focus on Form, Function
By Editorial Staff
Nine research projects were conducted in a joint venture by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pfizer, a research-based pharmaceutical company, during last month's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.The research studies focused on health, nutrition and biomechanics, with specific projects tailored to investigate the following:
Health and Nutrition: Anorexia and low body weight in ski jumping; nutrition issues and inadequate diet during preparation for the Games by speedskaters, skiers and bobsledders; and prevalence of menstrual dysfunction in elite athletes preparing for the Games.
Biomechanics: Pacing patterns in speedskating; Klapskate hinge position in speedskating; quadruple revolutions in figureskating jumps; double and triple twists in figureskating; success in competitive figrureskating performances; and flight trajectories and takeoff characteristics of ski jumpers.
The sponsors of the research projects hope that results from these nine studies will provide valuable data to health care professionals, athletes and the public regarding injury prevention and natural performance improvement.
National Board Certifies 50,000th Practitioner
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) reached a milestone recently by certifying its 50,000th practitioner.
To obtain national certification, massage therapists must complete a minimum of 500 in-class hours of education and training, pass the National Certification Exam (NCE), and pledge to follow the NCBTMB's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Commenting on the milestone, NCBTMB Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, said: "Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing segments of alternative medicine, and with this comes an increased demand for qualified practitioners... as more Americans come to understand the benefits of massage therapy and bodywork, it is increasingly important to have a certification body that provides consumers and employers with a national standard."
Another Benefit of Massage
In November of 2001, the American Legion, Post 291 in Costa Mesa, California received a check for $1,000 from the American Institute of Massage Therapy. Instructor and Chancellor Dr. M.K. Hungerford and her students provided 15-minute massages for $5 to raise money for the disaster victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Overall, the combined effort raised $16,000; the money will be sent to the families of the New York City firemen who gave their lives trying to save lives on that horrific day.
Students from Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (PTMC) made a trip to London, England recently to study massage therapy at the London School of Massage and the U.K. College of Complementary Health Studies. As part of their experience, the 21 students were given the opportunity to provide massage to the staff of St. Charles Hospital in London.
As part of this unique exchange program, 12 students from London visited Phoenix to study neuromuscular massage, hot rock therapy and other massage techniques at PTMC. To find out about the next exchange opportunity, contact PTMC at (480) 945-9461.
Insurance Plans Continue to Include Massage as Discount Option
Another sign of the growing acceptance of massage and other complementary and alternative therapies comes from the South, where Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) recently introduced a discount program for a variety of services, including massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture. The program, called "Blue Complements," also includes discounts on vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements, and books and videos relating to health and wellness.
This continuing trend has sparked widespread debate within the massage profession in recent months. Supporters of the trend believe that making massage therapy accessible to the public through health insurance will expand the profession and bring its benefits to a wider audience; opponents claim that such programs discount massage therapists' services and bring unnecessary organizational control to the massage experience.
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