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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. 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.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Consumer Reports Survey Shines Positive Light on Massage Therapy
Public Gives Massage Consistently High Marks
By Editorial Staff
Twelve years ago, a groundbreaking study co-authored by Dr. David Eisenberg took a hard look at the use of alternative medicine in the United States.1 Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Eisenberg's study found that one out of every three adults in the U.S.had used some type of "unconventional therapy," with massage ranking as the third most-popular therapy in the study. Subsequent studies by Eisenberg and other researchers have found that the use of alternative therapies has remained relatively stable, and that massage is being used to treat a wide variety of conditions, ranging from back problems to fatigue, arthritis, and muscle sprains.
As these reports indicate, "alternative medicine" has become something of a misnomer. Just as the scientific world has investigated the use of alternative medicine by the American public, so have more mainstream media outlets. A case in point is Consumer Reports, a monthly magazine with a subscription base estimated at more than 4 million. In late 2004, Consumer Reports surveyed its readers regarding their use of both alternative and conventional therapies. The results of that survey, published in the August 2005 issue of the magazine, reveal that massage is one of the most popular forms of alternative care on the market, with both doctors and patients finding it extremely valuable in the treatment of certain conditions.
More than 34,000 readers participated in the survey, which asked them to rate the effectiveness of both conventional and alternative forms of care for their two most problematic health conditions experienced during the past two years. Readers were asked to rate each treatment depending on whether it helped "a lot," "somewhat," "a little," or "not at all." Respondents based their opinions of the effectiveness of care on personal experience, rather than scientific measurements.
Forty-seven percent of the respondents reported trying at least one alternative remedy in the past two years, a figure slightly higher than reported in the Eisenberg studies, yet in keeping with other national surveys on alternative medicine use. In addition, women were more likely than men to have tried, and liked, "hands-on" treatments such as massage, chiropractic and acupuncture.In terms of managing individual conditions, deep-tissue massage ranked first out of five methods of treating fibromyalgia (deep-tissue massage, prescription drugs, general exercise, physical therapy, and over-the-counter drugs), and first out of 10 methods of treating osteoarthritis (deep-tissue massage, prescribed exercise, physical therapy, general exercise, prescription drugs, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, special diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs). Specifically, for both conditions, more readers said deep-tissue massage "helped me feel much better" than any of the other treatment strategies. Over-the-counter drugs finished last in both categories.
Massage also received high ratings among readers who turned to alternative treatments for back and neck pain. In both categories, deep-tissue massage ranked a close second to chiropractic treatment, with nearly three-fourths of readers saying massage either "helped me feel much better" or "helped me somewhat."
In another sign of massage therapy's popularity and effectiveness, massage appeared to have the approval of many of the doctors Consumer Reports' readers spoke with. Of those readers who had used an alternative therapy, approximately 75 percent told their doctors about it. Twenty-five percent of those readers told Consumer Reports their doctor suggested the alternative treatment in the first place. In fact, massage was the second most frequently recommended alternative treatment by the readers' doctors, ranking just behind the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin.
In a review of the Consumer Reports survey, published on WedMD.com, Dr. Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Fla., observed that the right amount of pressure applied to the body's muscles and soft tissues could produce a "cascade" of biological effects responsible for the positive sensations associated with massage.
"We are finding that moderate pressure is essential for any of the effects we see from massage," Field said. "That may be one way chiropractic works, because typically a chiropractor applies moderate pressure. So does just about any sport that you do - or any self-massage exercises like yoga. Anything that stimulates the body's pressure receptors will help."
It has been 12 years since the publication of David Eisenberg's landmark study on "unconventional medicine." While the Consumer Reports survey can't be considered in the same vein (scientifically speaking) as that study, several important points from the survey's results are evident - and in some ways, just as relevant. First, alternative medicine is continuing to increase in popularity; nearly half of those taking the survey reported using at least one form of alternative treatment in the previous 24 months. Second, the American public is relying more and more on alternative forms of care such as massage therapy to help them. And third, the survey shows what millions of Americans already know: Massage is popular, safe and extremely effective for a variety of complaints and conditions.
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