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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
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Return of the Rub Club
I wish I had read your article a year ago ("Rub Club Creator Rubs Wrong Way," August 2004: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html). I just got out of a bad situation with a chiropractor here in town doing the Rub Club. I lived on about $150-$200 a week for one year. I kept thinking it would get better. This man has no business sense, no idea how to advertise, no idea how to deal with other people. Oh, he is good to his clients, but last week I went in to get my pay and he said it would be the last check. The contract was not up yet. Anyway, long story short, I am glad to be rid of him. But he has done some rather unethical things since that day. I guess my point is: Thanks for getting the word out. Maybe others won't have to deal with what I have.
Response to the July 2005 Massage Poll
I am rather embarrassed to be one to the 63.9% who are not involved in any political process regarding massage therapy. Now that I think of it, that may not be correct, as I do advocate changes/updates to the city's ordinances where I practice and have undertaken policing the Yellow Pages in my metro area, often in vain attempts to keep nontherapeutic ads out of the massage heading of the phone book.
I actually am quite intrigued and rather interested in the article which I believe prompted your poll question for this issue. I will be following the evolution of the New Organization closely. [Editor's note: Read "New Organization Formed to Benefit Massage Therapy," July 2005 issue: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/01.html.] I believe it is doable and that could/would help to unify our profession. While there are numerous issues to address undertaking something of this scope, I believe addressing reciprocity would be greatly appreciated and perhaps better accepted if done in the right manner.
Thank you for bringing this news to us. I enjoy reading your publication both online and when the hard copy arrives. I share it with the therapists who work with me.
Look forward to more on the new organization.
More Hours in Anatomy and Physiology
Let me start by saying that I am a chiropractic physician and have employed massage therapists as employees, independent contractors and as leasors of space, depending upon the therapist's desire. As a health care professional, I demand and expect a very high level of competency and proficiency in another when I entrust my patients' care to them. I expect that this professional can accomplish what is asked of them and understand the terminology and reasoning behind what is being asked of them. I would not tolerate for one second having to dumb down my instructions to a layman's level.
For example, if I wanted the quatratus lumborum, piriformis and obturator internis stripped from origin to insertion dynamically, that is all the instruction I should have to give to this professional therapist. I should not have to break it down any further, show them on a chart or their own body where these tissues are and explain origin and insertion to them. Nor should I have to be concerned about the therapist damaging the nerve and vascular tissues in the area because a complete knowledge of these tissues should be possessed by this professional. Nor would I tolerate a therapist who did what they "felt" was the right thing to do after having been instructed. The professional should discuss with the referring party their ideas or "feelings" about the treatment, but ultimately the decision is for the one in charge of the care. I personally would never refer my patients to a therapist who has not had extensive A and P training or time in a cadaver lab. Only one of the schools in my area provides this level of education and graduates from this school are the only ones I will entrust my patients to. If I cannot find this level of competency and proficiency in a therapist, then I do the work myself, because yes, I was trained in it in my college and CEUs. So, as far as my humble opinion goes - yes, more hours in anatomy and physiology, please.
Rick L. Curtis
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