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Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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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