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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
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By Editorial Staff
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"Let me cite some words of wisdom..."
The onslaught of mail on the expressions of Betty Jacobs and Rich Hasdam has arrived from those with a vested interest in increased massage school hours for anatomy and physiology (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/17.html; www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/15.html).
Let me cite some words of wisdom by Milton Trager, MD, about the matter of anatomy and physiology education being necessary in order to practice effectively. From a 1987 interview with Dr. Trager by Carol Cavanaugh from The Yoga Journal (www.trager.com/article_relaxation.html):
Let me also cite some words from the very fine article by Brian Coughlan in the Massage Therapy Journal, Millennium 2000 issue:
Carl W. Nelson
"Are you doing the work you feel you were put here to do?"
In reference to all those who are concerned that they will lose control in their scope of practice ("What Scope of Practice?" March 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/11.html and "We Get Letters and E-Mail," June 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/06/16.html):
I am a massage therapist [male] licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, who has been in private practice for nearly 12 years. I have had to overcome many obstacles. The allopaths want control of the medical field, the PTs are concerned that they are losing ground to the massage therapists, etc. What about the patient/client? Are we not supposed to be here for them? If your answer is, "I am in control and am here for me," you are in the wrong business. We are all here to help each other.
If that is not your intention, I feel sorry for you and your clients.
Everyone feels they are losing control, but we are here to help one another, not control one another. I will continue to help my patients/clients - whether it be a "fluff and buff" or medical situation. I care more about my people than I do about being in control of their treatment. Search your conscience and your soul. Are you doing the work you feel you were put here to do? Love thy neighbor as thyself - think about it.
Ronald E. Bowersock, LMT
Applause for Elaine Stillerman
I want to applaud Elaine for the article "'V-Back' to the Dark Ages' (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/11.html). I was so pleased to see such an informative article on this topic grace the pages of MassageToday. In addition to the entire article, I especially appreciated the last paragraph, which named the root of the problem in a very straight-forward, no-holds-barred way. Bravo!
Lisa Gillispie, LMT
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