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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
Self Care Is Critical
By James Waslaski
In teaching orthopedic massage seminars throughout the world, I have always emphasized the critical role of therapist self care as a vital part of treatment follow-up in order to live a pain-free life.I recommend all therapists stretch tight muscle groups and strengthen weak muscle groups to maintain the resting lengths of opposing muscle groups throughout the body. That is the only way to maintain the results of therapy.
It was about three years ago when I learned the value of self care firsthand. I had thoracic outlet so bad I couldn't even pick up a pencil in my right hand without dropping it. I could not hold a fork in my hand, and I had to teach my seminars using mostly my left hand and the back of my right wrist. I believe the thoracic outlet came on over time due to poor postures and repetitive movements in doing massage without understanding the importance of taking care of myself.
Following therapy that included chiropractic, myoskeletal alignment, orthopedic massage, lymphatic drainage and isolated stretching to muscle groups like my sternocleodomastoids, scalenes, pectoralis minor and wrist flexors, function was restored to my arm, wrist and hand. After a month of therapy, I was able to avoid having a fusion done to the bones in my neck. My chiropractor aligned the area of the C7/T1 to move a bone spur off the nerve roots in that area. It was then that I had to take responsibility for keeping muscle groups in that area in balance to prevent tightening, which would allow the bones to move out of alignment again.
A critical missing link in living pain free with no numbness or tingling in my arm came when I started to strengthen weak and inhibited muscle groups such as my rhomboids, middle trapezius, and posterior rotator-cuff muscles, along with my wrist extensors. This involved self care using active isolated stretching to stretch tight muscle groups of the anterior neck and shoulder, and the use of resistance bands to strengthen weak muscles in the posterior neck and shoulder. This total daily therapy lasted only five minutes. It's obvious that tight muscle groups pulled bones onto nerves and blood vessels, leading to the symptoms I was experiencing. The key to being pain free and 100 percent functional came when I committed five minutes each day to stretch tight muscle groups and then strengthen the weak and inhibited antagonists.
I continue to do self care daily. I spend a minimum of five minutes (and up to 30 minutes) per day because I know what it takes to live the rest of my life pain free and hope to inspire others to do the same.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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