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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Symposium Sets Stage for Massage Growth
By Editorial Staff
The Canadian Touch Research Institute (CTRC) hosted the second International Symposium on the Science of Touch (ISST), May 12-15, 2004, in Montreal. This event joined presenters, provocateurs and participants from around the globe to strengthen the basis of an international research network and information database in the field of touch.The symposium provided enhanced continuing education opportunities for therapists, and well met its goal of fostering greater professional and financial success for participants.
Speaking about the symposium, ISST Chairman Réal Gaboriault, PhD, said, "This year, we have tried to relay...our passion for building a better world, without violence, where an understanding of our own self and that of others is reached, in at least some of its forms, by the means of touch. To this end, the theme of this year's symposium, 'Towards an Integrative Medicine,' puts the patient ever more at the core of our concerns."
A closed-panel discussion on integrative medicine preceded the symposium opening. Pioneers of integrative medicine from Canada, the U.S., India and Sweden were invited to highlight the results that stimulate them to pursue their work, as well as discuss their personal visions of the medicine of tomorrow.
Symposium presenters and participants were primarily from North America; however, presenters also came from Great Britain, Sweden, India, France, Australia and Korea. Many of the presentations required the use of interpreters, and participants wearing headphones were a common sight, which underscored the truly international nature of the event.
Of the 60-plus presenters, those from the U.S. included Harvard's David Eisenberg, MD, who spoke on "Evolving Models of Integrative Care: 'Be Careful What You Wish For,'" wherein he described the growth of alternative therapies and explored how collaborative teams of conventional and complementary providers could be trained and organized to deliver care superior to that offered by individual practitioners. He asked attendees if they thought they could be functionally "integrated" into mainstream health care delivery systems without being significantly constrained, diminished or co-opted.
Other U.S. presenters:
Research and education presentations were nicely broken up with social functions designed to let people from all nations network and enjoy their differences and similarities. The ISST proved extremely valuable for massage practitioners.
The third ISST is scheduled to convene in 2006 for the first time in the United States. (Location to be determined.) Look to Massage Today for future updates or visit the Canadian Touch Research Institute's Web site at www.kineconcept.com/english/ccrt/index.html.
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