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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.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
What are My Choices?
Herbs, Supplements, Lotions, Oils, Aromatherapy, etc.
By Editorial Staff
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves.This installment focuses on companies that offer herbs, supplements, lotions, oils, aromatherapy products and other similar items - all important components of a successful massage practice.
Bayne Thomas Enterprises: The LifeLine Nutritional system is based solely on the understanding of the basic building blocks necessary to attain, and maintain health. It is a system rooted in health and not disease or symptom management. All LifeLine Nutritionals are whole food nutritional supplements. Our products contain no binding agents, fillers, or additivesthey are 100% pure. Phone: 888-822-5613; Web: www.thelifelineonline.com.
CA BOTANA: Featuring Ambrosia professional massage products, a selection of high quality oils and lotions, featuring avocado, macadamia nut and grapeseed, and pure essential oils for custom blended aromatherapy. Call today to order your massage starter kit, and experience the exceptional quality and versatility of our product collection. Custom blend with our pure essential oils to provide a wide range of individualized treatments. Products are available in professional, retail and bulk sizes. Phone: 760-434-6754.
Elara Nutriceuticals, Inc.: We are launching our new product "Vaxamine", the first prescription strength, all-natural botanical anti-inflammatory. A recent clinical study has shown Vaxamine to out perform Celebrex in the inhibition of the COX-2 enzyme and being highly selective in doing so, leaving the COX-1 enzyme virtually untouched. Vaxamine provides dual action anti-inflammatory properties by also inhibiting the 5-LOX enzyme further reducing inflammatory conditions. Vaxamine is now available through licensed professionals. Phone: 800-609-5214; E-mail ; Web: www.vaxamine.com.
Essential Oil Source: Experience high frequency oils by using our young living essential oils. Help your clients experience better results by using high frequency essential oils. Young living essential oils & massage therapy oils are processed at low temperature and low pressure without adulterants in order to retain the therapeutic qualities. Free aromatherapy newsletter. Phone: 740-448-7309; Web: www.essentialoilsource.us.
LSI: LSI Brand Glucosamine, LSI Glucosamine with Chondroitin, LSI Total Joint Complex and LSI Pure MSM 1000 have become the fastest moving items ever added to the LSI product line. All four products were introduced for the treatment of joint pain and are made in the U.S. in an approved GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) plant with pharmaceutical grade ingredients. LSI offers these products at low doctor prices, while at the same time providing a higher quality product. Phone: 800-832-0053; Web: www.lsiinternational.com.
Massage Tote 'N Go: We have the tote bag a professional massage therapist needs. There are 10 accessories made for this tote that you cannot work without. One accessory is a detachable essential oil pouch that you can clip to the table during a massage. Wear rhinestone "RELAX" pins to attract potential clients. Clients also buy them to pin up at work to remind them to relax. Email us for a product page. Phone: 314-822-2949; E-mail: .
Natural Selection Bath & Body: harnesses the moisturizing and regenerative power of Silk and natural elements with a refreshing blend of essential oils and herbs in their exclusive line for women, men, and children. Offers a line of hand crafted soap, organic lotion, and everything from massage bars to lip balm. They also offer a Zen Baby line with hair and body products in soothing lavender and baby fresh scent. Phone: 877-994-SOAP; E-mail: ; Web: www.naturalselectionbathandbody.com.
Natural Wellness: Natural Wellness and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies provide customers with herbal supplements that cleanse, rebuild and rejuvenate with superior natural support. Clinical tests show Maximum Milk Thistle and Ultra Thistle better protect and support normal liver cell function while assisting in cellular regeneration. Fatigue Relief Plus reduces fatigue up to 40 percent without the use of stimulants. The natural formula repairs cellular damage that antioxidants fail to prevent. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.naturalwellnessonline.com.
NutriPlex Whole Food Formulas, Inc.: NutriPlex provides 100% whole food formulas for clinical use, without isolates, synthetics, GMO ingredients, sterilized foods or artificially high potencies. Patients already consume too many chemicals. What they need are real, raw, whole, pure foods. Formulas are based on sound, current food science research from leading universities. We're a small, personal company big on service, and committed to nutrition rather than pharmacology. Phone: 888-595-4752; E-mail: ; Web: www.nutriplexformulas.com.
One Person Health Sciences Inc.: Manufactures custom-made vitamins based on free health assessments and genetic analysis. By assessing deficiencies created by individual lifestyles a personalized vitamin is designed - one person at a time. Scientific assessments evaluate diet, medical conditions, drug interactions, environmental influences, age, immunity, activity and genetics. A 35-paged report is provides guidance on: nutritional deficiencies due to drug interactions, health conditions, health risks, disease management tips, diet, cooking, exercise, hydration and toxin build-up. Phone: 604.301.0221; Web: www.onepersonhealth.com.
Scentsible Solutions: We offer many great aromatherapy products. Please visit our Web site for more details. Phone: 740-448-7309; Web: www.scentsiblesolutions.net.
Soul Song Essentials: Soul Song Essentials offering a premium line of natural personal care products hand crafted using pure essential oils. Hallie Sawyers is president of Soul Song, nationally certified in holistic aromatherapy and an approved Category A provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Products include lip balm and two lines of soap - The Man Bar Collection and the Scentual Circles collection. Phone: 585-967-0009; E-mail: ; Web: www.soulsong.com.
Thermal Comfort, Inc.: Thermal Comfort will warm your healing touch and enhance client contentment. Our products are designed for the dedicated bodyworker. It allows constant contact with your client to increase client loyalty. It facilitates change in muscle tissue and is completely portable, which is great for the mobile therapist. Phone: 866-660-WARM; E-mail: ; Web: www.thermalcomfortinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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