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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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.
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.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
The Man and His Mission, Part I
By Nancy Griffin
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on Sebastian Kneipp and Kneipp therapy, based on information from the Sebastian-Kneipp-Schule in Bad Wšrishofen, Germany.
Born in 1821, the son of a poor weaver in the Bavarian region of Germany, Kneipp fell ill with pulmonary tuberculosis while studying for the priesthood. Inspired by German physician Johann Hahn, who wrote about the power and effect of fresh water on human health nearly a decade prior, Kneipp cured himself from his potentially fatal disease by taking full-immersion dips in the icy waters of the Danube and literally "shocking" his system back to health.
Using the healing system he developed through experimentation and observation, Kneipp helped cure a number of gravely ill patients (to whom he had actually been summoned to administer last rites). His unorthodox methods earned him the resentment of doctors and pharmacists; he was even arraigned before the court to answer charges of "quackery." His ecclesiastical superiors had him relocated to a small Dominican monastery at Wšrishofen, located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. His 1886 book, My Water Cure, became a bestseller, taking Germany by storm; after it was translated, it spread throughout the world. In 1889, Kneipp published The Way You Should Live, which explained his belief in a natural, healthy lifestyle and the importance of education. He died in 1897 at the age of 75, leaving a legacy in his wake: "I want all mankind to share my knowledge."
The Five Pillars of Kneipp Therapy
Naturopathy is rooted in Kneipp's healing system. One of the most important characteristics of Kneipp therapy is to gently stimulate the body "to give nature a gentle hand," thereby strengthening the immune system and raising the body's tolerance for stress. Kneipp was a strong believer in physical exercise, simple food and a "regular style of life for body, mind and soul."
Kneipp therapy consists of:
Hydrotherapy: Water functions as a natural stimulus to the body. It increases energy and disease resistance, and improves body-awareness. The therapeutic qualities of water also have positive effects on the psyche and the nervous and hormone systems. Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments are finely adjusted to suit the individual and situation.
Herbs/Phytotherapy: Kneipp had documented, scientific research that herbs and phytotherapy have prophylactic, or healing, effects on the body. Kneipp herbal treatments can be prepared in various forms, including teas; ointments; oils; baths and herbal wraps.
Exercise/Kinesiotherapy: Sensible physical exercise stimulates important functions of the body, including the musculoskeletal; cardiovascular and nervous systems; and the digestive tract. Massage is an indispensable supplementary treatment to exercise.
Nutrition/Dietetics: Kneipp believed that nutritional diseases are avoided or cured by a well-balanced, low-fat diet consisting of fresh food prepared in such a way that its vitamins remain intact.
Lifestyle/Regulative Therapy: Lifestyle and health education are the most important part of Kneipp's doctrine. Kneipp believed it is as important to live in harmony with one's social and natural environments as it is to lead a balanced life.
The specifics of Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments will be addressed in Part II.
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