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Breathing Techniques To Resolve Patient Issues
When a patient of mine who has practiced yoga for nearly 30 years, told me that she was experiencing panic attacks, I was surprised. "After so many years of training, can't you turn them off?" I asked. "I do turn them off, but only temporarily," she replied.
News in Brief
WFC Documents the Global Advance of Chiropractic; National to Conduct Study of Orthotics for Back Pain.
Dedicated to Excellence
For 27 years, Horace C. Elliott, executive vice president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, has set new standards of excellence for chiropractic licensure and testing.
Studies: Acupuncture Effective For Depression
Many people suffering from depression can find a natural and effective way to treat their symptoms with acupuncture, according to the latest study.
Electric Qigong: An Ancient Therapy Evolves
Recently in a small, dimly lit treatment room in downtown Taipei, Wesley Chen instructed his patient to lie down. A frayed wire, which he wrapped around a small piece of metal, is now plugged in.
Facial Rejuvenation: The Key to Exceptional Results
Acupuncturists make the best detectives. I know this first hand because I'm an acupuncturist and a private investigator and in both professions, there is a need to dig deep to solve the mystery.
The Shoulder Girdle's Importance to the Cervical Spine
The shoulder girdle consists of three bones: the clavicle, scapula and humerus. It is suspended at its posterior margins from the cervical and thoracic spine by the trapezius muscles, levator scapula, rhomboid, serratus and latissimus dorsi.
Acupuncture & Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
One of the most rapidly changing areas of healthcare is that of addiction medicine. Advances in brain imaging technology have allowed doctors and scientists to understand addiction, and recovery from addictive disorders, at the level of the individual neuron in the brain.
Cervical Compression and the Lower Back
When a patient presents with lower back pain, we expect to see some amount of antalgic lean. It is understood that this lean is both a conscious and reflexive protective mechanism of the body to reduce the pain and prevent more irritation in the back.
German Auricular Acupuncture: Effective For Your Patients
Auricular medicine as developed by Western medical doctors in Europe is a complete modality of diagnosis and treatment. Unlike body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture is treating the central nervous system rather than meridians.
Where to Adjust: Best / Worst Tests
Wondering which methods are best (and worst) suited for determining the appropriate manipulation site?
Informed Consent and Your Practice (Pt. 1)
Earlier this year, The Back Letter gave extensive coverage to an article by Dagenais, et al., in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on informed consent in the chiropractic profession, calling it "perhaps the best article ever written on informed consent for low back pain."
Acupuncture Today Continues To See Unprecedented Growth
For the past decade, the profession has seen steady growth in stature with legislators and the general public. The growing presence of the profession has been directly reflected in the growth of our publication.
How to Enhance Exercise Rehab With Manipulation and Soft-Tissue Therapy
As chiropractors, we are in a unique position to use our manual therapy techniques to facilitate exercise rehabilitation.
PCOM Symposium Celebrates 25 Years
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners and students, as well as providers representing various other health care disciplines, flocked to San Diego's Catamaran Resort Hotel to attend the PCOM Annual Symposium on Oct. 24-27.
Promoting Acupuncture with Acupressure Demonstrations
Dan and his wife Marla were admiring the beautiful bouquet of flowers at our booth at the Business Expo when our receptionist asked him if he knew anyone who had tried acupuncture.
Acupuncture In Haiti: Aid that Works
I recently returned from Haiti. So many people ask whether Haiti has recovered since the earthquake of January, 2010. Once you've been to Haiti, you would never ask that question. It doesn't make any sense.
Partnerships Leverage Power for Our Profession
While there are many recognized benefits and advantages to developing partnerships between organizations, the main reason why partnerships are established is relatively simple: There is added value in working together for a common cause or purpose.
B Vitamins May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
A study published in the July 2013 issue of the AJCN provides additional evidence suggesting higher nutritional status of certain B vitamins may be important in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Continuing Education Showdown: Online Learning vs. In-Person Seminars
Many state TCM and acupuncture regulatory bodies and associations are interfering with the success of their members by limiting the number of continuing education credit hours they can earn online.
Managing a High Protein Diet
One of the most common clinical presentations in today's clinic is patients following a high protein diet. It seems that every year a new version of a high protein diet appears promising weight loss and physical transformation.
Acupuncture: The Key and Future of High Sports Performance
Acupuncture is commonly utilized in the intervention of pain and has also been gaining popularity in sports medicine. Athletes are treated with acupuncture for the relief of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and tendonitis.
Treating CTS and Wrist Tendinitis of Myofasial Origin
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common and most clinically significant of all nerve entrapment syndromes, present in 2.7 percent of the adult population.
Thrive in 2014: Five Habits to Start Cultivating Now
The entire health care system is once again – or perhaps I should say still – in a state of flux, and our profession is not immune to the brouhaha.
Give the Gift of Change
As human beings, we are blessed with something remarkable that we generally take for granted: the gift of conversation.
Peer Points: In The Business of Herbs
When it comes to herbs, acupuncturist Cathy Margolin wants her patients and customers to know she is the expert they need. In order to do this, Margolin has studied the marketplace and incorporated key business lessons to build an herbal company that sells and markets herbs to the masses who may be skeptics.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
The Lateral Collateral Ligament
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: Injury to the lateral collateral ligament is often confused with injury to the:
Answer: d) all of the above
Injuries to the lateral collateral ligament can be confused with injuries to any of the above mentioned structures, because all are located close to one another and cause pain when stressed in similar ways.Each of these injuries can cause a similar pain when running, performing cutting movements that involve sudden changes in direction, crossing the legs or squatting down. The structures are close neighbors. The lateral collateral ligament is located just to one side of a section of the lateral coronary ligament. The biceps femoris and the lateral hamstring are attached to the head of the fibula - the same attachment point as the superior attachment as for the lateral collateral ligament. The tenser fascia lata is attached to the lateral condyle of the tibia, less than an inch from the fibula head. In general, it is easier to locate injuries at the knee because there is little or no referred pain. What you feel is where it is. If you know precisely where each structure is, and can palpate it clearly, you are halfway there. Knowing how to test for each injury is the other half of the equation. In the case of the knee, the client can assist the therapist in pinpointing the precise area of injury.
Question: Which positive test indicates injury to the lateral collateral ligament?
Answer: b) varus stress to the knee
Resisted flexion of the knee tests the hamstrings; passive internal rotation of the knee tests the lateral coronary ligament. Pain on deep knee bends indicates any number of injuries. Varus stress to the knee means that you are putting stress on the lateral aspect of the knee joint, and placing tension on the lateral collateral ligament. You accomplish this by applying a lateral force to the medial knee, and simultaneously applying a medial force to the lateral ankle, while keeping the knee straight.
Question: True or False: Some of the fibers of the lateral collateral ligament of the knee are contiguous with the knee joint, and stimulate profuse swelling when injured.
The lateral collateral ligament of the knee is not contiguous with the knee joint, as is the case with the medial collateral ligament. It is separate from the joint capsule. This is why there is often minimal swelling from a lateral collateral ligament sprain. One of the signals that the lateral collateral ligament is injured is minimal swelling. Its neighbor, the coronary ligament, causes profound swelling, and the tenser fascia and biceps femoris cause no swelling at all.
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