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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
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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