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Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
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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