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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.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Gives the Gift of Massage
By Editorial Staff
Students and faculty from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) provided complimentary massage to an estimated 200 competitors at this year's U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.The tournament, held October 8-11 in San Diego, California, featured top athletes from the United States and 18 different countries.
San Diego-based PCOM also will participate in National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (October 20-26) by offering free tours of its classes in Thai and Swedish massage; acupressure; foot reflexology; Jin Shin; shiatsu; and tuina. In addition, the college will host demonstrations on massage and Chinese medicine at several area health food stores and hospitals during the week.
PCOM offers several massage certification programs, including massage technician; massage therapist; and Oriental bodyworker.
Massage on the Links
The Chiropractic & Massage Clinic proved popular at this year's "Wendy's Championship for Children" Ladies Professional Golfers' Association (LPGA) Tournament. Local massage therapists provided complimentary chair massages to golfers, patrons, caddies, tournament personnel and members of the media throughout the event, held August 4 in Dublin, Ohio.
The clinic was a feature of the Chiropractic Health & Fitness Expo, sponsored by, among others, the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. The Expo Team consisted of volunteer massage therapists and chiropractors.
"I just want to thank you for all the wonderful care and treatment we were given this week," effused LPGA professional Tracy Hanson, speaking with Karen Kelley, promotions coordinator for the expo. "This was needed very much, and all the players are talking about it [the clinic]."
Multidisciplinary Conference to Focus on Low Back, Pelvic Pain
As we go to press, the North American Multidisciplinary Approaches Conference is scheduled to take place October 18-20 in Seattle, Washington. The conference is sponsored by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, in association with the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators.
This year's conference, the third such event organized by the Journal, will feature a panel discussion and presentations on effective treatments for low back and pelvic pain. Scheduled to present are:
CAM Research Opportunities in Arizona
The University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The grant will be used to establish the Arizona Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Training Program, with specific funds designated for research Fellows, including two predoctoral, two postdoctoral, and two short-term clinical undergraduate trainees in 2002-2003.
As part of this program, the university plans to partner with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Naturopathic students will be eligible for two-month summer fellowships at the university; naturopathic physicians will be eligible for two-to-three-year fellowships.
"We face a real challenge, in that we have academic researchers who know about research, but don't know about CAM, and we have CAM practitioners who know CAM in the deepest sense, but haven't been trained as researchers," commented Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of PIM. "With a program like this, there's the potential to address that challenge and develop healthcare practitioners who are grounded in both [CAM and research]."
Thai Hospital Opts for Alternative Care
Piyavate Hospital Plc in Bangkok, Thailand is making room for massages, spa services, yoga, meditation and herbal therapy in 400 of its 500 beds. The conversion is part of a joint venture with EBH Products Co., to open the Circure Alternative Medicine Medical Centre at the hospital in December. The new facility, believed to be the first of its kind in Thailand, will combine Western medical and alternative healing approaches.
Commenting on the hospital's venture into alternative medicine, hospital Chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin stated: "About 90% of ailments are not caused by infection, but by consumption patterns and pollution. Alternative medicine helps patients to protect themselves so they do not need a cure."
Dr. Boon also noted that the hospital would hold seminars on alternative medicine, with foreign health care practitioners invited to network and share information with their Thai counterparts.
Actress Bullock Makes Massage Part of the Set
Entertainers are renowned for the free gifts, or "perks," they have written into their contracts before going on tour or starting work on a new movie. Actress Sandra Bullock, the star of movies such as "Speed" and "Miss Congeniality," has taken the concept to a new level.
According to an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of Ms. Bullock's requirements is that she be provided with an onsite wellness center that includes licensed massage therapists.
"It's kind of fun just to see what you can get," Bullock told the BBC.
She also admitted that while she tries to get as many benefits as possible from a studio, she makes sure the rest of the crew gets to enjoy the benefits of massage.
"[These days] actors get such ridiculous perks that you might as well make some of those perks something that benefits everybody."
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