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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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
February, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 02
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By Editorial Staff
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Editor's note: The following letter is in response to Cliff Korn's article "Thought on Being Part of Medicince" in the October issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/09.html).
"Instead of cramming to know it all, let's focus on turning out stunning graduates with solid basic skills"
Mr. Korn states that he finds it "important that we do both" (relaxation and clinical massage), then proceeds to put his expectations on the entire profession by assuming that "our public shares his expectations! Quite presumptuous!
Who exactly is "our public?" I've been a successful massage therapist for 14 years, practicing relaxation massage exclusively. My public has never had any problem with this, and it has not affected my ability to build a practice wherever I've lived. I feel relaxation massage is medical massage at its finest: preventative medicine, as stress accounts for over 70 percent of visits to doctors!
Since Mr. Korn is so fond of us being a part of medicine, let me ask how many patients expect to see one doctor for "orthopedic issues, stress-related issues, sports-injury prevention, etc." Family doctors are General Practitioners and as the title implies they practice general medicine, referring patients to specialists as necessary for treatment of more specific ailments. This is how I practice my profession as well, referring my clients to bodywork specialists when I feel they would benefit from a different approach.
I simply have no interest in practicing clinical massage but I am a huge proponent of its benefits and never hesitate to refer my clients to qualified rehab therapists. Nor do I hesitate to refer clients to energy workers, Shiatsu practitioners, nutritionists, aromatherapists, body movement therapists, etc. The list is endless as massage embodies the essence of holistic health! How can we hope to be experts in all such modalities? Impossible!
The fact is that true clinical massage requires a great deal of advanced training and hands-on practice to honor the ethic "do no harm," as we must do if it truly is "all about the clients." It is impossible to include this training/practice in a 500-hour entry-level program. And there's the rub!
Must we expand entry-level programs to accomodate this neurotic need to be a "part of medicine?" Many programs are moving up to 750-1,000 hours in order to include more clinical approaches. In my opinion this is a dangerous move. A little knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing and that's exactly what we have in students graduating from such programs. They have not yet mastered basic strokes, but they are expected to understand assessment and corrective techniques that take years of study and practice to grasp. Instead of cramming to know it all, let's focus on turning out stunning graduates with solid basic skills who may choose their own courses for further study!
Gail Frei, LMT
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Bruce Klein's letter in the November issue (We Get Letters and E-mail, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/11/18.html).
"It's well known among spinal surgeons that cerebral spinal fluid does indeed pulse"
I am a massage therapist, exclusively practicing CranioSacral Therapy (CST). I also teach several courses for the Upledger Institute. Before becoming a massage therapist, however, I was a scientist. I have a PhD in theoretical physics from Rice University, and I did research in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a number of years. I would like to address the question of why no movement of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is discernable on an MRI and why serial CT scans are possible even if cranial bones move.
Leaving aside the question of whether placing the body in a very high magnetic field or bombarding it with X-rays will disrupt subtle physiological processes, how much fluid movement actually occurs and would one expect to be able to detect it if it were present? The amount of fluid movement within each cycle of the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) is very easily estimated. The average adult human has approximately 600ml of CSF in their system at any given time. That CSF is replaced on average 3 to 4 times per day. That means the brain produces about 600ml of CSF every 6 to 8 hours. The CSR has a frequency of 6 to 12 cycles per minute, or a period of 5 to 10 seconds per cycle. This corresponds to somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 cycles of the CSR in a 6-hour period. Thus, the amount of CSF produced in a single cycle is somewhere between 0.15 and 0.3ml, much too small of a change to be detected by an MRI. There is movement of the CSF through the brain, but it is very slow. Any given cycle only moves the CSF a small amount, but cumulatively there is enough movement to replace the fluid several times per day.
Even though the fluid production in any one cycle is minute, the pressure changes that occur due to that fluid production are easily palpable. Dr. Upledger (et al.) has published several papers demonstrating rhythmic movement of cranial bones (citations for these papers are available from the Upledger Institute). He showed that cranial bones move rhythmically with average amplitude of about 0.010" or about the thickness of a piece of paper. A movement of this magnitude is easily palpable to the human hand. While I am not familiar with the resolution of a typical CT scanner, it would have to be of the order of 0.010" or less in order to detect the CSR. Even if it were able to detect it, such a small movement would cause only an imperceptible blurring of the image and would in no way prevent one from taking serial scans of a human head.
As a scientist, it does not surprise me at all that the CSR does not show up on MRIs or CT scans, nor does it surprise me that we can easily palpate the CSR - the human hand is a much more sensitive detection instrument than any imaging machine that is available today. What does surprise me is the continuing controversy over the existence of a rhythmic movement in the body that is easily palpable, even by laymen, and whose existence was clearly demonstrated by experiment many years ago.
Tim Hutton, LMP, CST-D
I would like to respond to Bruce Klein's letter challenging cranial movement. First, it's well known among spinal surgeons that cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) does indeed pulse. I observed a laminectomy (removal of the back half of the vertebrae, fully exposing the spinal cord in its coverings) on one of my patients. The CSF pulse was plainly visible - indeed, the neurosurgeon pointed it out. Second, saying that the cranial bones don't move shows that Dr. Klein is not current on his anatomy. Older anatomy texts claim that the bones are fused and don't move. Not so in those of more recent vintage. Actually, only the English anatomy tradition, which we by culture follow, once claimed that the skull bones don't move. The Italian anatomists have always acknowledged that they do.
As to why CSF-flow and cranial bone movement doesn't show in MRIs and CTs: The flow and the bone movements are dramatically slow compared to blood. Other tissues move during MRI exams - the lungs, esophagus, etc. - yet they visualize perfectly well. Cranial suture movement would probably show if one was specifically looking for it and had comparable images taken the few seconds apart between maximum and minimum displacement. But the easiest way to understand cranial-bone pulsing movement is to take the time to feel it for yourself; it's not all that hard to do.
Edward Rowland, MA, DC
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