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News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Connor Opens the Door
By Judy Pszyk, CST
Beautiful, slightly wavy brown-haired Connor came to the door for his first treatment one month before he turned 3 years old. His parents, Brad and Raylene, were apprehensive about whether I would be able to treat him, because he usually objected to anyone other than his parents touching him.
They had taken him to specialists, who thought he had suffered a stroke in utero or during birth, which is why his left hand was clenched to the extent it left marks in his little palm.He carried his left arm against his chest, holding it up with his right hand whenever he could.
I looked at his twinkly brown eyes; they said it all. I loved him and I felt as if he knew it immediately. He walked with a pronounced limp of his left leg toward the treatment room until he got to the door, which fascinated him. He opened and shut it many times. Later, we discovered that putting a towel over the door so it wouldn't make noise ended the delight.
He was too active to treat on the massage table, so I treated him wherever he went, mostly inducing still points. Thankfully, I got into this field by treating horses, so I was accustomed to connecting with clients where they were, at their pace, not on my terms.
He spoke not at all, only screeched. I could not tell by the tone what was wrong, if anything. Eventually, he settled in his mother's arms and I did what I could of the 10-step protocol. He actually fell sound asleep. His mother remarked that she had never seen him so settled. He usually woke up screaming every 20 minutes or so, and she would have to lie with him. He was like a videotape on pause, rather than one where you pushed the stop and eject button on the VCR and it was done for the night. The first treatment ended with everyone pleased.
Connor Waves Goodbye
The next two appointments saw him relax more, making it easier to treat him; his hand actually opened and relaxed. He was able to wave goodbye with it.
A course on CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics was being taught in Edmonton and his parents agreed to bring him the three hours further than the usual three hours it took for him to get to Bonnyville from a small town in Saskatchewan. The opportunity to have Connor treated by experienced people and his treatment coached was the motivation.
At the course, it came time for the children to come in and I could hear him before the doors opened. I didn't know how he would handle the huge room full of people and the commotion. Angela Vetra, a therapist who had not yet treated children, put a mattress on the floor off in a corner, and that seemed to work well to define his area. We proceeded with the treatment and it went well, except he fell asleep in Raylene's arms with her in a very uncomfortable position again. We now make sure she is comfortable before he settles. His arm was becoming more and more extended.
New Doors Open
One day, I got an excited phone call from Raylene - Connor had spoken his first word. They had been at the door of someone's place and while he was waving goodbye with his poor hand he said "bye, bye, bye, bye, bye." Later that evening, he had said "Dylan," his younger brother's name. Indeed, a new door had opened for Connor.
Now, after six treatments, he lies on the floor for his treatment, speaks more and more words with a variance of sounds, uses and extends his arm more and more, responds to physical therapy treatments, sleeps through the night, is more interactive and goes to play school. His mother says that as wonderful as these things are, the thing she notices the most is that he has much more tolerance.
After the last treatment, he reached up his arm to me and just looked at me. His eyes told how the door had now opened for him and this bright and beautiful boy with the delightful giggle, would go through it and many more. It's all the thanks I need.
A CST practitioner who specializes in the care of children, Judy Pszyk also has completed coursework in somatoemotional release, visceral manipulation, zero balancing, lymph drainage, and heart-centered therapy. Judy is in the process of creating "Take Care Therapy," a place of healing and wholeness that will feature at least 14 different complementary therapies and classes for Pilates, tai chi, meditation, yoga, etc.
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