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The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Misperceived Headache Pain
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Q: True or false: Headache pain can be referred to the head from injuries to the C5, C6 and C7 ligaments.
A: False. Only the upper cervical ligaments refer pain to the head.
Headache pain frequently is referred to the head from injuries to the C2 and C3 supraspinous and intertransverse ligaments. Among the many causes of headaches and neck injuries, these may be the ones most often misunderstood.
Headaches have plagued humans since the beginning of recorded history. As many as 50 million people in the U.S. regularly suffer from headaches. An additional 26 million people suffer from migraines. Some headaches are debilitating, while others simply are annoying. People whose primary complaint is a severe headache account for 18 million visits to the doctor each year.
Headache pain may be felt at the back of the head, at the forehead, in one or both temple areas, localized in one or both eyes, or even behind the eyes. A headache may appear as a band-like pain around the head just above the ears or over the top of the head. The pain may be throbbing or stabbing, eyesight and hearing may be altered, and if head pain is severe, thinking processes may be affected. All of these head-pain patterns can be the result of referred pain from injured upper cervical ligaments.
Head pain caused by ligament injury may feel like a muscle tension headache. It takes a skilled assessment to differentiate a headache caused by stress and tension from one caused by ligament sprains. Some headaches are the result of both excess muscle tension and ligament sprains.
Headaches usually are multifactorial, meaning many factors combine to bring about the headache. For example, a headache can be the result of a concussion, more than 200 diseases, allergies, chemical sensitivity, or exposure to fluorescent lights. Only when the causes of a headache are clearly identified can the pain be successfully treated.
Some headaches due to head or neck injuries may begin a few weeks after the injury is sustained, as in the case of whiplash. Often, the injury has been forgotten or is not associated with the headache because the neck no longer hurts. A whiplash injury frequently causes referred head pain due to damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck. (See Fig. 1 and Fig. 2)
Adhesive scar tissue usually is the primary factor in causing this type of referred pain headache (see Fig. 3 for the referred pain patterns). When the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the neck are injured, the torn fibers often heal in a matted scar. When normal movement pulls upon this adhesive scar tissue, it tears again and again, causing more referred pain and ridding the body of unwanted scar tissue. The unwanted tissue can be discarded through friction therapy combined with massage, together with appropriate exercises, and the pain cycle can be broken.When you eliminate the poorly formed scar tissue and re-establish free movement in the neck, an injury-related headache usually disappears.
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