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Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Survey Shows CAM Use on the Rise
By Editorial Staff
In May, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released the most comprehensive findings to date on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the United States.According to the Summer 2004 NCCAM newsletter,1 the data came from responses to CAM-related questions that were included on the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), in which thousands of Americans are questioned on their health-related experiences.
"This survey is unique in that it combines an in-depth survey of CAM use with an in-depth survey of demographics, health status, health care utilization and health behaviors," remarked NCCAM's Senior Advisor for Scientific Coordination and Outreach, Richard L. Nahin, PhD, MPH, also one of the study's authors. "This combination of data allows researchers, policymakers and third-party payers, such as insurers, to make informed decisions concerning CAM."1
More than 31,000 U.S. adults were surveyed about their use of several forms of CAM, including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, meditation and others. The survey also evaluated prayer (for health reasons) and vitamin use.
When prayer was included, the survey found that nearly 75 percent of respondents had used some form of CAM at some point in their lives, while 62 percent reported having used CAM therapies in the past 12 months. When the results were adjusted to exclude prayer for health reasons, 50 percent had used CAM at some point in their lives; 36 percent had used it in the past 12 months. Interestingly, only 12 percent of survey respondents used CAM therapies provided by practitioners, indicating that a large majority had self-treated using CAM. Among other characteristics of CAM users, the survey found:
The top 10 CAM therapies most commonly used in the past year included:
According to the survey findings, respondents sought CAM for the following primary conditions:
Survey participants were also questioned about their reasons for seeking CAM. More than half of the respondents (55%) said they believed the combination of CAM and conventional medical treatment would improve their health. Other reasons included the following:
As these survey results indicate, the tide is turning in the world of complementary and alternative medicine. As patients continue to seek alternative forms of treatment outside the realm of conventional health care, massage therapists have a golden opportunity to educate their clients on the benefits of regular massage treatment and other forms of CAM to maximize health and wellness.
*Partial list. For complete list of CAM therapies, please consult the NCHS study.
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