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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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania was the last man to finish the marathon. Akhwari could run, and then some. He was Africa's marathon champion and had been expected to do well in Mexico; however, his training at sea level had not sufficiently prepared him for the altitude of Mexico City, and he fell during an attack of cramps.His legs bloodied and bandaged, Akhwari continued to run as best he could, limping into the Olympic stadium, with darkness falling, more than an hour after others had finished.
Sports cinematographer Bud Greenspan had been packing up his camera when a reporter alerted him to Akhwari's arrival. Pulling out his equipment, Greenspan captured Akhwari's final lap and later asked him why he didn't just stop along the way. Greenspan's film and Akhwari's reply became a classic example of Olympic spirit: "You don't understand," he said. "My country did not send me 7,000 miles away to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it."2
Years later, at the Sydney Olympics, the Australian attach‚ for the Tanzanian athletes, brought John Stephen Akhwari to Sydney to receive an award at the closing ceremony as a living symbol of the Olympic ideal. Following the Sydney games, a foundation was created to foster the potential of Tanzanian athletes.5
Although the effect took years to incubate, Akhwari's determination to keep a commitment and face his barriers brought results beyond what even a winning run might have produced.
There are many different kinds of barriers faced in successfully entering the practice of massage, from learning to execute techniques smoothly, to marketing our services, to using good business practices, to jumping the regulatory hurdles imposed by various localities and states - sometimes with little objective basis behind them. While the process may not be pleasant, with commitment and determination to "reach the finish," we can do far more than we might have believed.
One of the opportunities we gain for ourselves by entering the practice of massage is that of helping our clients deal with another kind of barrier: injury or overuse-initiated barriers that limit normal range of motion (ROM). There are several different movement barriers that are used in discussing range of motion: anatomical, elastic, physiological, and pathological or restrictive. Greenman provides an entire chapter on barrier concepts within the larger framework of the diagnostic triad of Asymmetry, Range of motion, and tissue Texture abnormality (ART).3
The outermost limit is the anatomical barrier. When the anatomical barrier is exceeded, the integrity of the joint is compromised by fracture, dislocation or tearing of ligaments. In the interest of having return clients, I strongly advocate staying within the anatomical limits, whatever the facilitation used. Just short of the anatomical barrier, lies the elastic barrier, where the joint tissues offer considerable resistance but still have some slight ability to lengthen. This limit is generally reached using passive assistance. The range of normal active movement ends at the physiological barrier. The barrier resulting from loss of ROM due to dysfunction is the pathological or restrictive barrier. The positional relationships between these different barriers are shown schematically in
Associated with a loss of range is also a shift in the neutral or mid-point of the movement away from the limitation. Our therapeutic goal is to normalize hypertonicity and free adhesive restrictions so that we move the client's pathological barrier outward toward the appropriate physiological barrier.4
This also returns their neutral point to the correct midrange location. Our methods might include direct work to free adhesions between layers of tissue and neurological reflex-based techniques to reduce muscle hypertonicity, the latter including techniques of post-isometric relaxation6 and positional release (strain-counterstrain).1
Whatever the barrier, in facing it for ourselves and for our clients, we may achieve far more than we anticipate. At times, the road may seem long but, for each of us, there are those along the way who have believed in our abilities and helped us along our paths, not so that we could start our race but so that we could finish it.
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