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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
Florida Governor Encourages CranioSacral Therapy and Chiropractic Partnership
By Rebecca J. Razo
Over the last several years, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has made great strides as a complementary practice in integrative health care. The gentle, light-touch modality, developed through years of scientific research by John Upledger, DO, OMM, and known for its highly therapeutic effects in treating a wide range of disorders, continues to build a steady stream of proponents all over the world.That list continues to grow, with the addition of one of its newest supporters: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Three years ago, Senate Majority Leader Dennis L. Jones, DC, sponsored a state resolution declaring April "CranioSacral Therapy Awareness Month" in Florida. In honor of the occasion and in order to garner more legislative support for the practice, the Upledger Institute (UI) hosted its annual CST Awareness Day March 17 at the state capitol wherein staff members were invited to receive complementary CST sessions. The efforts paid off, and helped lay the groundwork for the possibility of a new working relationship between CST practitioners and chiropractors.
"More than 200 legislators and staff members stopped by for free mini sessions from a dozen CranioSacral Therapy practitioners," said Barb Richmond, UI's director of community relations. One of those staffers was the governor himself, who asked for a CST demonstration in his office. UI staff members Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, and Dottie Marvel, LMT, CST, happily obliged, and while Desjarlais explained the therapeutic benefits of CST, Marvel demonstrated the technique on the governor.1
"That's when he suggested we work with the new chiropractic college being set up at Florida State University to explore ways our organizations could forge a mutually beneficial relationship," Richmond declared, referring to Senate Bill 2002, a measure Gov. Bush signed into law earlier in the month that allocates $9 million for the formation of a chiropractic college at Florida State University (FSU) - the second public university in the nation to offer a doctor of chiropractic degree.2
Both Dr. Upledger and Alan Adams, DC, PhD, a consultant to FSU on the chiropractic college project, expressed enthusiasm for the governor's proposal. "Cranio-Sacral Therapy complements the chiropractic practice every bit as well as it does massage therapy and many other health care specialties," Dr. Upledger said."There is virtually no limit to how well any dedicated practitioner can perform it."
And Adams expressed interest in building a productive partnership between the two organizations. "As things unfold and they begin to roll the [chiropractic] program out, we'll be able to think of ways we can help, support, and work with UI," he said.3
Currently, practitioners from all over the country are looking at implementing CST Legislative Awareness Days in their states.
For more information on this process, contact the UI at 800-233-5880 or visit www.upledger.com.
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