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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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