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Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
Massage Therapy vs. Anabolic Steroids
By John G. Louis, CMT
Just recently, yet another prominent competitive athlete has admitted to using performance-enhancing steroids. The athlete is U.S. Olympic track star Marion Jones. In addition to having to go through the humiliation of giving back her Olympic gold medals, she may be facing more serious consequences, possibly even time in jail.
Anabolic steroids are illegal and can be extremely harmful to the user's health. However, users are drawn to them because of the hope of capturing wealth and fame. One huge concern is the fact that the use of these drugs is not limited to high level athletes. Studies show that many high-school athletes have at least tried them as well. One scary estimate suggests as many as 5 percent of high-school boys and 2.5 percent of high-school girls have used them. There is no telling what kind of health concerns this will lead to in these young lives.
For some time now, this issue has put professional baseball in the spotlight. Many of the most celebrated home-run hitters in recent years have been identified as users. This has given baseball a bad name, and it has made victims of the players who have remained honest and drug-free. I was able to see firsthand how it affected the game while I worked as the massage therapist for the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Frank Thomas (The Big Hurt), who is 6' 5," 280 lbs., was always big. He was big in junior high school and he only got bigger and stronger as he got older. He has been the poster boy for steroid testing in baseball, but has never been accused of using steroids. Quite frankly, I feel he has been ripped off by the whole scandal. In fact, there were some years he was beat out in MVP voting by players who have since been found to have used steroids. If you take steroids out of the picture, Frank's amazing statistics shine even brighter. I would joke with Frank and say, "It's all your fault - you're big and hit home runs, so players cheat to be like you!"
Massage, like steroids, can improve performance. While working extensively with Frank Thomas at home games from 2002 through 2005, he went from hitting 51 percent of his home runs at home prior to receiving massage therapy, to hitting 76 percent at home. At the same time, his overall home run production increased by 26 percent - and this is in an aging athlete. I believe these statistics show very clearly that the massage therapy Frank received at home games dramatically improved his performance. In addition to experiencing no negative side effects, he also remained largely injury-free during that same period.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong also has been touched by the steriod controversy. Like professional baseball, "doping" has played a very negitive roll in competitive cycling. Many prominent cyclists have been found to be users. Although Lance has never been found to have used steroids, his success has caused many of the teams he has competed against to question whether he ever used steroids. I believe Lance is innocent. He has a reputation of being very disciplined and working harder than anybody on a bike - and he received massages. I understand that while training and racing, he would receive two massages per day. He would begin his day with one in the morning and a second when he finished training or racing. He has spoken about the benefits he derived from massage in interviews over the years. I'm confident that if you were to take massage out of Lance's training regimen, he wouldn't have had the success he did. I'm also confident he would tell us the same thing.
I hope that in the future, more and more athletes begin to recognize that massage therapy can enhance their athletic performance effectively. And I hope that at the same time, we see a decrease in the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Click here for previous articles by John G. Louis, CMT.
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