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Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
Beyond the Dura Marks The Upledger Institute's 20th Birthday
By Editorial Staff
Beyond the Dura, a biannual international research conference sponsored by The Upledger Foundation, was held in Jupiter Beach, Fla., Apr. 27 - May 1, 2005. The ninth Beyond the Dura Conference was themed "Unlocking a World of Possibilities in Integrative Healthcare."
Massage Today columnist John E.Upledger, DO, OMM, president and founder of The Upledger Institute (UI) and Upledger Foundation said, "In the 18 years since Beyond the Dura first captured the attention of innovation-minded health care practitioners, a revolution in thought processes has occurred regarding the care and treatment of the human body. In that time, we have seen the scales of health care tip noticeably in the direction of natural, whole-body solutions." He further encouraged participants in Beyond the Dura 2005 by stating, "I hope you will be inspired to keep growing and exploring. The future of health care depends on it. The quality of life of our patients and clients depends on it."
Dr. John's son, John Matthew Upledger, president and CEO of The Upledger Institute, Inc., beams when speaking about the accomplishments over the last two decades. He mentions that from humble beginnings with just a handful of people on staff, the Institute has grown to more than 75 onsite staff members, plus more than 2,000 instructors, teaching assistants and workshop facilitators worldwide. UI also has satellite offices and affiliates on six of the seven continents. In fact, therapists in attendance at the celebration hailed from Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, England, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Italy, and the Bahamas.
"At the beginning, our biggest challenge was simply creating awareness of the existence and benefits of CranioSacral Therapy," he said. "Now, 20 years later, our challenge is quite different. Creating an accepted medical modality and doing it right requires a great deal of careful growth management. CranioSacral Therapy has gained so much popularity and acceptance that many people also want to put their own spin on it. A lot of our work involves educating people about what is and what is not CST, so practitioners and the public are informed and protected."
When asked about some of the milestones in UI's 20 years, John Matthew is quick to point out the creation of the nonprofit Upledger Foundation in 1987, which was established by Dr. John to develop and provide ability-to-pay patient care and research into new therapeutic applications that enhance health and well-being. He also mentions:
At Beyond the Dura 2005, Massage Today learned how beautifully massage therapy integrates with CranioSacral Therapy. According to UI, blending the two has a powerful, synergistic effect that can open up a client's system and allow deep healing to take place. For instance, massage can open up the soft tissues while CST can release dural tube restrictions. Together they get the fluids flowing through unrestricted avenues, which often have a much stronger cumulative effect than if you used only one modality or the other.
The celebration was capped by a Roaring 20s-themed dinner/dance, which allowed attendees to share in The Upledger Institute's pride in accomplishment. For more information about The Upledger Institute, visit www.upledger.com.
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