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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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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