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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Healing the Wounds of War
A nonprofit group is bringing the benefits of alternative medicine to those who need it most.
By Stephane Babcock
The Serbian siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s has left scars on the land, its people and their spirits.For four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city's inhabitants suffered through ethnic cleansing, torture, rape and being cut off from food, electricity and medicine. Ten years later, the Healing Hands Network, a U.K.-based charitable organization that brings healing in the many forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is helping the people in the region to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.
Since 1997, Healing Hands has been sending two practitioners a week from April to October, treating more than 10,000 people. CAM treatments offered include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki and acupuncture. Patients are referred to the organization by the Association of Concentration Camp Victims, the Center for Torture Victims or the Association of Civil Victims of War.
"The impetus came from a group of complementary therapists who visited Sarajevo in 1996, shortly after the end of the war, and realized how much their therapies could help the people there," said Deirdre Parrinder, one of the organization's volunteer practitioners.
The volunteer practitioners operate two treatment rooms from a rented house in the old area of Sarajevo, as well as from outreach homes in three surrounding areas that were Serb-controlled during the war. Four practitioners always are on hand, with two new volunteers arriving each week and staying for two weeks. There also are two interpreters on hand who help organize the patients' visits and manage the office. Practitioners work half of the time in the rented house and the other half in one of the outreach homes. "The first year I went (2005), we worked in a building in one area in which some of the patients had been held and tortured during the war," reminisced Parrinder.
To join the missions to Sarajevo, practitioners need to be fully qualified, have insurance that can be extended to cover work in Bosnia and must raise money to cover airfare, living expenses during their stay and a contribution for the Healing Hands general fund. "Although most of the volunteers are British, Healing Hands has a few volunteers from other European countries, and is open to volunteers from other countries," said Parrinder.
Practitioners who volunteer their time, money and background with Healing Hands do so for many reasons, each unique to the individual. "In one way, working in Bosnia was a natural extension of my career path," said Parrinder.
The benefit to the volunteers comes in the form of memories that have their own way of healing. "On the first day of my second visit, I went to work in an outlying area of Sarajevo and there, waiting outside, was a man who told me he had not had any knee pain since I had treated him the previous year," recalled Parrinder.
Some of the memories remind Parrinder of the hardship faced by the residents of Sarajevo. "One woman lost 22 family members, including her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Another woman saw her three sons blown up by a landmine. Another woman lost her whole family, a husband and two sons."
The efforts of Healing Hands have not gone unnoticed by the people who have benefited and the country that needed them. "In Bosnia, there is a healing tradition called bio-energy and people are very open to the work of Healing Hands," said Parrinder. "The work of Healing Hands is greatly appreciated. To quote Muzafar Teskeredzic, Union Secretary of the Civil Victims of War, Sarajevo Canton Citizens Association, 'Our members say Healing Hands gives them a reason for living.' He added that some people were happy to go without food to travel to the treatment centers."
Healing Hands has plans to visit other areas in need of their healing missions. "They will probably send a few volunteers to Kosovo next year," said Parrinder. "There also is a project starting in Kenya at a Nairobi woman's hospital with rape victims. This project will concentrate on involving local therapists [and] showing them how Healing Hands works, and will be organized differently from the work in Bosnia."
To find out more about the Healing Hands Network, visit www.healinghandsnetwork.org.uk.
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