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Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
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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