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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
Approximately $5.2 to $5.5 BILLION is spent on adult diapers per year in this country and almost 12 million adults, mostly women over the age of 50, suffer from urinary (or fecal) incontinence.Don't laugh. You might wet yourself, or worse.
Postpartum women also might suffer this embarrassing condition after childbirth as a result of a traumatic birth, multiple births, directed pushing during the second stage of labor, perineal swelling, episiotomies or the use of forceps during delivery.
For the majority of women over 50, menopause causes the skin in the vagina or urethra to lose tone, thin and dry out, creating weakened pelvic floor muscles. Constipation and build-up of stool in the intestines, certain medicines, urinary tract infections, diabetes or high calcium levels and immobility are other possible causes. For men, add an enlarged prostate, tumor or prostate surgery to the mix.
Normal urination involves two phases: the filling and storage phase and the emptying phase. During the filling and storage phase, waste from the kidneys fills the bladder that stretches to accommodate the rising amounts of urine. When the bladder is filled with about 200 ml of urine, the first sensations to urinate occur. The average person can hold 350-550 ml of urine. The ability to fill and store urine properly necessitates a functional sphincter and detrusor muscle (bladder wall muscle).
Emptying the bladder requires the contraction of the detrusor muscle to force the urine out of the bladder and simultaneous relaxation of the sphincter muscle to let the urine pass. Incontinence is the inability to control urine, resulting in either occasional leakage or complete lack of bladder control. Medical literature describes four types of incontinence:
There are certain medicines, such as oxybutynin (Ditropan) that can relieve urge incontinence and too-frequent urination. Estrogen creams inserted in the vagina are used to treat mild stress incontinence. Surgery is another option to treat incontinence. This procedure attempts to return the bladder and urethra to its normal position in the pelvis. It is performed transabdominally or transvaginally requiring either general anesthesia or a local or regional (spinal) anesthesia.
While surgery can be helpful for some people with stress continence, one of the most effective methods of treating incontinence, and avoiding invasive surgery, is strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor by using Kegel exercises. These exercises were developed in 1948 by Dr. Arnold Kegel to treat postpartum incontinence by restoring functional integrity to the pelvic floor and improving urethral and rectal sphincter function.
Over a third of women begin Kegels by tightening the wrong muscles and have to be taught to identify the correct muscles. The abdominal, back, buttock and thigh muscles have to remain relaxed and only the pelvic floor muscles should be involved in this process. One way to identify the correct muscles is to have the woman stop urinating while on the toilet. Let the muscles relax and tighten again until she can identify the muscles she has to use. Another way is for the woman to place her finger in her vagina and try to tighten around it.
Biofeedback can help a woman (or a man) identify the pelvic floor muscles or electrical stimulation involving a low-voltage electric current can stimulate the correct group of muscles. Physical therapy also might be very useful.
The exercises should be performed three or four times a day, with 10 to 20 repetitions each time.
It might take several weeks before most people notice a difference, but it's well worth the effort. When done correctly, Kegel exercises are 50% to 80% effective in improving urinary incontinence. That sure beats the alternatives.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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