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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
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow? "What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer tables, mats, yoga supplies, cushions, pillows, and ergonomic aids - all important components of a successful massage practice.
Beauty with Nature: Great White Bottling Inc. / Beauty with Nature has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products include: Massage lotion, massage oil, massage balm, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Tel: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Belvedere USA Corporation: Belvedere USA Corporation offers an array of salon and spa products, including seating, wood, glass and steel cabinetry; desks and retail displays; spa equipment, including pedicare systems, hydrotherapy tubs and massage products; and nail care including manicure tables with corresponding seating and storage. The Belvedere product lineup features the Mirage Pedicare System, a comprehensive footcare system that offers one-touch electronic cleaning and disinfecting, a proprietary disinfectant and a tubular steel frame. Products include: Footcare, Mirage Pediare System, Alexandria Pedicare Station, Cleopatra Pedicare Station, Victoria Pedicare Station, Martinique Massage Table, Antiqua Massage Table, St. Thomas Massage Table, St. Croix Massage Table, Ultra Electric Table, Ultra Hydraulic Table, Carmel Nail Table, Cosmos Nail Table, Royale Hydrotherapy Tub, Equinox Hydrotherapy Tub, Diane Hydrotherapy Tub, Vichy Shower and Wet Table, Steamy Wonder Therapy Tent, and Turnkey spaces planning and facility design services. Tel: 815-544-3131 E-mail: ; Web: www.belvedereusa.com.
BodySense: Aromatherapy Hot/Cold products combine the benefits of moist heat and aromatherapy. Each contains aromatic herbs and spices, carefully selected for their healing properties, and rice for its moisture content and weight. BodySense offers 26 product items with 8 different formulas or combinations of herbs and spices. Our product line ranges form NeckEase, Sinus Pack, Eye Pillows, FootEase, Packs, Wraps, Toys and a bamboo flute CD. Tel: 877-816-3615; E-mail: ; Web: www.shopbodysense.com.
EarthGear Therapeutic Innovations: EarthGear is committed to offering the best value in professional massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional in value. Every EarthGear product is designed and tested to withstand the rigors of professional use, and is skillfully crafted from quality materials, and EarthGear's commitment to quality is backed by an industry leading lifetime warranty. Products offered: professional quality portable massage tables, an on-site massage chair, desktop massage support unit, quality massage therapy accessories including pneumatic stools, bolsters, carry cases, oil holsters, fleece pads, and disposable headrest covers. Tel: 800-508-1937; E-mail: ; Web: www.earthgear.com.
Massage King: Tel: 800-290-3932; Web: www.massageking.com.
Massage Supply Company: Tel: 866-497-4856; Web: www.massagesupplyco.com.
MassageWarehouse.com: Tel: 800-910-9955; Web: www.massagewarehouse.com.
Oakworks: Tel: 800-558-8850; Web: www.oakworks.com.
OPTP: OPTP, a leader in the industry for over 25 years, offers a large selection of health, fitness and rehabilitation products. Including massage, stretching, trigger point, foam rollers, Swiss exercise balls, balance boards, women's health, resistive exercise band products and resources and more! Tel: 800-367-7393; E-mail: ; Web: www.optp.com.
Steam Sauna: Manufacturer of commercial and residential steam generators and custom pre-cut cedar sauna rooms for over 30 years. Steam Sauna offers such advanced features as the Automatic Power Flush and the 2-in-1 System for commercial grade units. Supplier to the finest spas, resorts and fitness clubs throughout North America. Tel: 866-937-2862; Email: ; Web: www.steam-sauna.com.
Stronglite Massage Tables: Laney and John Lloyd, a massage therapist and a mechanical engineer founded Stronglite in 1986. This combination of talents led to the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, strength and durability in bodywork equipment - Strong and light - it's a combination our customers have always asked for in equipment, so it's what we deliver. Durable, lightweight and maneuverable, our tables and chairs are engineered for the peak performance of your business. Products include: High-value portable massage tables and chairs plus table and chair accessories such as bolsters, end & side extensions, sternum pads, sheets, fleece pads, carrying cases, and heatable/chillable Warm Whiskers pillows. Tel: 800-289-5487; E-mail: ; Web: www.stronglite.com.
Tatum Tables: Tel: 800-895-5487; Web: www.tatumtable.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758 or .
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