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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
By Editorial Staff
Elizabeth Arden Spas Introduce Progressive New Massage Program
During October's national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons and Spas launched its "Unlock the Cure Campaign," a company-wide breast cancer awareness program.As part of the program, the spa introduced the Elizabeth Arden Breast Surgery Massage, a 50-minute treatment touted as the first of its kind in a spa setting. The massage is designed especially for women who have undergone mastectomy and other breast surgeries to aid the healing and recovery process. The breast massage treatment will be available at select Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and Mario Tricoci Spa locations nationwide for $80 for a single treatment or $420 for six treatments.
This Poster Can Help Save Lives
The International Medical Spa Association (IMSA), Skin, Inc., and the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) have teamed up to sponsor a new poster, "The ABCDs of Melanomas." Its aim is to educate therapists and clients about the warning signs of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that affects more than 51,000 people in the U.S. each year.
The goal is for the poster to be displayed in medical and day spa treatment rooms internationally. "The therapists in the medical, day and resort/destination spas are in the unique position to serve as a first line of defense in identifying potential melanomas in the early stage, then refer their clients for appropriate medical diagnosis," said IMSA Executive Director Hannelore Leavy. "The poster will assist in the education of therapists and their clients regarding the early warning signs."
The poster costs $20.95 and can be ordered through the IMSA Web site at www.medicalspaassociation.com or by phone at 201-865-2065. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. Learn more about the Melanoma Research Foundation at www.melanoma.org.
Dental "Spas" Quickly Gaining Momentum
Getting people to visit a dentist can be like, well, pulling teeth. But some dentists hope to change that trend by introducing spa treatments into their practices. All over the country, "dental spas" are gaining popularity with the hope that offering services such as reflexology, aromatherapy and massage will help deflect patient fears associated with the dentist's office.
Shirley Brown, DMD, PhD, a practicing dentist and clinical psychologist recently spoke at the American Dental Association's 144th Annual Session, wherein she discussed the importance of creating a comfortable atmosphere for patients. "Over a quarter of adults surveyed said they hadn't visited a dentist in over five years due to fear of pain," said Brown in a release issued by the ADA. "Pediatric dentists [create] a happy, relaxing atmosphere for children's dental care by decorating their offices in bright colors and offering things like child-sized furniture, toys and fish tanks. Now, a growing number of dentists are creating the same effect for adults by offering pampering amenities," she added.
Clearly, the spa concept continues to grow in new and unique directions. For more information on this and other spa-related trends, visit the International Spa Association (ISPA) at www.experienceispa.com.
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