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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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."
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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