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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Oncology Conference Will Include Massage Therapy
By Editorial Staff
Founded in 2003, the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is an international nonprofit organization for health professionals interested in studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in treating cancer.According to its Web site, the SIO "...focus[es] on the role of oncology practice in massage and other touch therapies, acupuncture, music therapy, botanicals, meditation and other mind-body approaches, nutrition, fitness therapies and more."1
On Nov. 17-19, 2004, the SIO will hold its First Annual Integrative Conference in New York City, wherein renowned experts from all around the world will gather to "provide valuable information about research, clinical application, and benefits and problems associated with the wide range of CAM therapies now used by patients everywhere during and after cancer treatment."2
The conference, a collaboration of several entities, including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; the American Cancer Society; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); and others, will feature poster sessions, abstract presentations, exhibits, and panel discussions on various topics, including the science of integrative oncology; complementary therapies for physical and emotional symptoms in cancer patients; implementing complementary therapies; botanicals in the treatment of cancer; and complementary modalities for breast cancer.
Additionally, four satellite symposia will be held concurrently, following the closing remarks on the last day of the conference, including Acupuncture in Oncology Practice and Research; Developing Integrative/Complementary Medicine Programs; Music Therapy in Oncology Practice and Research; and Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research.
Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research
According to the conference Web site's description, the medical massage "symposium for massage therapists will present overviews of optimal clinical work with cancer patients and summaries of the research literature. It will also provide guidance in the conduct of medical massage research."3
Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD, is an assistant attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Service Department, and one of the symposium's presenters. His presentation, "Principles of High Quality Research," will emphasize the importance of applying rigorous scientific methodology in medical massage research. Key points of the presentation will include fundamentals of clinical research; special challenges in conducting massage research; review of findings from previous massage studies in oncology; and the future direction of massage research.4
"Massage performed by well-trained, qualified practitioners, is generally safe in cancer patients," Dr. Deng told Massage Today. "It helps relieve tension, anxiety, stress and pain."4
He also believes that continued research on the efficacy of massage for cancer patients will yield more positive results. "Definitive scientific evidence showing the beneficial effects of medical massage will help promote the acceptance of this modality by the public, the medical community and third-party payers," he said.4
Other symposium presenters will include keynote speaker Janet Kahn, LMT, PhD, research assistant professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Wendy Miner, LMT, massage therapy program director and instructor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Martha Brown Menard, CMT, PhD, author of Making Sense of Research: A Guide to Research Literacy for Complementary Practitioners; Tracy Walton, LMT, MS, Muscular Therapy Institute, Cambridge, Mass.; and Debra Curties, RMT, author of Massage Therapy and Cancer.
For more information on SIO membership or the Integrative Oncology Conference, visit www.integrativeonc.org.
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