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A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
November is here. Fall is my favorite season, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. While I always try to be thankful, I think it is good to have a special day to focus on just how blessed we are.We are all blessed in our own way. Just to live in the United States of America is an incredible blessing. To be free to practice alternative methods of health care is a huge blessing. To be a part of the massage profession, to be able to provide so many people with so much help, and to get paid for doing what we love and believe in is truly a blessing.
The fact that elections are over for a few months is also a blessing! But then again, that we have elections is a blessing, a huge one, one well-worth fighting to maintain. Groups of people are working very hard to take away our freedoms. The pharmaceutical industry is working through the European Union and international treaties to take away our freedom to purchase effective remedies, herbs and nutritional supplements. The United States public health sector is trying to take away our freedom to practice, and our freedom of choice regarding vaccinations and health care. The chiropractors are trying to take away our freedom to practice using methods developed by massage therapists long before chiropractic existed. I am thankful that none of these groups has achieved its goals.
I am thankful that we still have the freedom to fight for our rights in our legislatures and courts. I am thankful for Massage Today and the forum it provides our profession. I am very thankful for the opportunity this column provides me to share my views with you. But I am most thankful for all of you, the Massage Today readership, and the support, encouragement and positive feedback I have received from you. I am even thankful for the negative feedback I have received, because it is the dialogue and exchange of ideas that causes us to grow, both as individuals and as a profession.
I hope each of you can find many things to be thankful for this month. May the joy of your gratitude serve to motivate you to learn how to better serve others and to defend the rights and freedoms that allow you to do so.
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.
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