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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%.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
New Directors, Executive Committee at NCBTMB
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently elected two new directors to its board and announced the appointment of its 2003-04 executive committee.Neal Barry, LMT, NCTMB, from Stratford, Conn., and Robert Lehnberg, NCTMB, from Bayside, Calif., are the board's newest additions.
"We are very happy to welcome Neal and Bob to the board," said Garnet Adair, chair of NCBTMB's executive committee. "Their expertise, combined with the rest of the board's expertise, will ensure NCBTMB's continued commitment to fostering high standards of ethical and professional practice."
Mr. Barry and Mr. Lehnberg join the following board members: Tree Bright, NCTMB, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Elizabeth McIntyre, RN, MAS, NCTMB, Lancaster, Pa.; Pam Laubscher, DO, public member, Oro Valley, Ariz.; and William Stoehs, public member, Miramar, Fla.
The Board of Directors executive committee members are Chair Garnet Adair, NCTMB, Tucson, Ariz.; Chair-elect Judy Dean, M.Ed., RN, BC, NCTMB, LaPorte, Ind.; Treasurer Elaine Calenda, NCTMB, Longmont, Colo.; and Immediate Past Chair Whitney Lowe, NCTMB, Bend, Ore.
Schools to Add Asian Bodywork to Curriculum
Beginning this fall, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and Charles River School of Shiatsu in Arlington, Mass., will add Asian Bodywork programs to educational curricula.
Charles River will offer a 700-hour certificate program in Asian Bodywork/Tuina, which will feature classroom instruction, clinic experience and weekend workshops. Some of the classes offered through the program include Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory; Point/Meridian Location; Tuina technique; and Internal Disharmonies.
Pacific College will begin offering a 518-hour massage therapy program in which its primary emphasis will be on Asian therapeutic techniques. In addition, the college will offer a 196-hour certificate program in Tuina and a 693-hour Oriental Body Therapy program, which combines Oriental medical theory with massage.
For more information on either of these programs, contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (800) 729-0941, or Charles River School of Shiatsu at (781) 643-1545.
New York Nurses Study Medical Massage
The New York College of Health Professions, which offers academic programs in Oriental medicine, massage therapy and holistic nursing, recently announced the commencement of five-day intensive courses to educate nurses on the basic principles of holistic nursing theory, holistic nutrition and medical massage.
The courses will be offered to nurses from New York's Bellevue Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. "We started massage programs in the hospital setting several months ago and the nurses just love the program. It helps them not only help their patients, but teaches them how to regulate their own energy and nurture themselves as well," said Joanne Christophers, Director of Holistic Nursing at New York College.
Although medical massage is within the scope of practice for nursing, Theresa Rejrat, Deputy Director of Bellevue Hospital, notes, "Nurses have little or no training in this area. Holistic nursing has become increasingly important because it is effective in enhancing people's ability to be and stay healthy." For more information on this and other programs offered by New York College of Health Professions, visit www.nycollege.edu.
One Massage Therapist, Two Successful Careers
Wondering what to do when you're not busy massaging clients? If you're Rocco Lo Bosco, the answer is easy: Write a novel. The full-time massage therapist, who operates a busy practice on Long Island, N.Y., has authored Buddha Wept, described as "the story of the life of an Asian mystic who survives and ultimately transcends" the Cambodian holocaust of the 1970s.
Lo Bosco is no stranger to the publishing world: his first book of poetry, Across a Distance of Knives, was published in 1982, and his stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. Buddha Wept was released in February 2003; Lo Bosco's second novel, Fire Lake, is scheduled for release in 2004.
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