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Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
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.
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.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
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.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
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.
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.
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?
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
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!
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
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.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
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 Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
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.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
Injured Bursas in the Knee
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: True or False?
The prepatellar bursa is located just superior to the kneecap.
Question: True or False?
The infrapatellar bursa is located inferior to the kneecap on the anterior surface of the patella ligament, right under the skin surface.
Question: True or False?
The suprapatellar bursa is located right on the anterior surface of the kneecap.
Answer: All three statements above are false.
All three of these bursas play a role in the smooth functioning of the knee joint.Knowing the exact locations of these bursas and being able to tell when they are injured will help you better evaluate clients that present with knee pain. Deep massage or friction therapy will either do nothing, or worsen the pain of a client suffering from bursitis in the knee. Therefore, it is very important to distinguish between a soft-tissue injury, where hands-on treatment is appropriate, and an injury that is not.
The prepatellar bursa, located just beneath the skin on the anterior surface of the patella, protects the bony surface of the patella. This bursa is usually injured by a high-impact fall. When injured, it swells like a balloon on top of the kneecap, and is red and painful when touched, even gently. Hands-on treatment is not effective for this injury.
The infrapatellar bursa is located inferior to the patella within the knee joint, posterior to the patella ligament. It cushions the patella ligament and is painful when kneeled upon. When swollen and inflamed, it is also difficult to bend the knee fully; however, it does not limit extension of the knee. This bursa is often injured along with the quadriceps mechanism above or below the patella. The suprapatellar bursa is located proximal to the patella at the base of the anterior thigh. When inflamed, it is usually hot, visibly swollen and painful to the touch. The swelling in the bursa limits the ability of the knee to fully flex.
Very little is definitively known about why a bursa becomes inflamed and swollen. Causes could range from impact trauma to subtle misalignments of the knee. My best guess is that excessive movement, caused by loose medial and lateral collateral ligaments and loose anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, often causes the bursa to become irritated and inflamed.
Treatment options for bursitis are limited. If several months of rest do not eliminate the pain, anti-inflammatory injections are usually indicated and effective.
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