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Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
Best Ever New England Conference
By Editorial Staff
The 19th Annual AMTA New England Regional Conference was held from March 14 - 17, 2002 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Host duties for this conference rotate through the six New England states, and the Vermont chapter hosted this year.AMTA-VT President George Glass and Immediate Past President Lindsay Crossman co-chaired the event.
Almost 500 therapists participated in this year's conference that always proves to be one of the country's best. Only the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the AMTA national conventions surpass the New England Regional in attendance and size of the exhibit hall, and none surpass the New England Regional in networking opportunities, educational offerings, fun and value! Unlike many conventions/conferences, the New England Regional includes almost all meals in the conference fee! Attendees and exhibitors alike always have wonderful things to say about this event, and many attendees have already reserved rooms at the conference hotel for 2003, as the hotel was a complete sellout this year.
The conference theme was "Massage - The World At Your Fingertips." This international theme was highlighted by the attendance of Melanie Hayden, president of the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also from Canada was presenter Grace Chan, RMT, DOMP, co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School in Ontario, Canada. Grace taught a workshop on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation of the Shoulder.
Other world-class educators included NCBTMB board member Leena Guptha, ND, DO, PhD (Hospital-Based Medical Massage); Denise Borrelli, PhD, LMHC, ATR, NCTMB (Burn-out at Your Fingertips, and Working with Fibromyalgia Syndrome Clients); Tom Myers (Spiraling Into Alignment); Kate Leigh (Enhancement of Massage with Nature's Tools and Aromas); June Lordi (Tai Chi Massage); Bob King (Postural Pain and Foot Pronation); John DiBlasio, MPT (Musculoskeletal Balance and Neural Tension); Don Ash, PT, CST-D (CranioSacral Techniques and Applications for the Massage Therapist); and John Calvi (Massage for Trauma).
The presentation highlight of the conference was keynote speaker John Upledger, DO, OMM, who addressed the audience on "Massage: Self-esteem, Compassion and Violence," and led a workshop in his breakthrough "Cell Talk." Both his keynote address and workshop were standing-room only!
Bob King and Kate Leigh paired up to conduct an Ethics Seminar on Creating and Ethical Foundation for Your Practice. While many ethics seminars involve discussions on money or sexual issues in practice, this seminar spotlighted the power aspects of a massage therapy practice. Bob and Kate skillfully brought the thoughts of the audience out in a safe and nurturing way, and also included much humor in the presentation.
The exhibit hall was always full of shoppers (and browsers). Some new technology was previewed this year, including two manufacturers providing products designed for the comfort of female clients. One exhibited a table with removable breast cutouts, and another had a breast cushion designed to be used on a flat table. Also exhibited was a new table with a free-moving face cradle, allowing for cervical traction with the face completely supported. The exhibit hall provided a great mix of new technology as well as the "tried and true."
The New England Regional Conference is an educational and social event. Comprised of all six New England States, there is no business meeting. Several of the state chapters held individual receptions, and everyone was able to socialize together at a DJ dance and the closing dinner dance.
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