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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 2
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Last month, in part one of this article, we explored the typical changes that occur in physical and mental condition and function as people age. If you serve older adults in your practice, it's important to have a working understanding of signs and symptoms that might point to an underlying disease.Although we certainly aren't in the role of diagnosing any condition, we do have the responsibility to be watchful of changes and to refer to other health practitioners when appropriate. While some age-related changes generally are thought to be "normal," others might be signs of disease. Being informed about and anticipating such changes will strengthen your ability to assess your clients' needs, initially and on an ongoing basis.
Assessing the needs of elder clients might require you to modify your approach to fit individual differences in functional abilities. The purpose of any assessment is to determine four things:
Being willing to change how you conduct your assessment is critical to accommodate an older clientele. With a few practical adaptations, you will be able to gather the information you need to serve your clients with confidence.
Develop keen observation skills. Use you eyes, ears and intuition to gather information. By tuning in to both the person and the environment, you learn about functional abilities, posture, movement and pain. The client's reason for having a massage and their goals will determine the extent of the assessment. First, find out why they are getting a massage and go from there. The information you need will be different if they are there because their doctor referred them due to shoulder pain or because their daughter gave them a gift certificate.
Make the assessment process "user friendly." Simply asking your client to fill out your intake form might not be the best way to get the information you need. Many elders have difficulty writing due to arthritis or tremor. Even reading the small print of your form might be daunting to some. A few simple changes will save time and frustration for you and your client:
Even if a family member or friend accompanies your client, direct your questions and other communication to your client, not the companion. This empowers and honors the elder, and helps to establish a therapeutic relationship.
Signs of Possible Disease
The information you gather on your assessment form is only part of the story. Older adults often experience changes in physical or mental states that can be observed by looking, listening and feeling. If you sharpen your observation skills, you might pick up on important information not only during the initial assessment, but also during each visit. You then can make sound professional choices about how to proceed. The following changes might indicate an underlying condition or disease.
Vision: Sudden change in vision; eye pain, redness or swelling; or excessive discharge.
Hearing: Severe or abrupt hearing loss; ringing in the ears; or loss of balance.
Skin Conditions: Itching that causes sleep loss; new skin lesions or ulcers; mole that changes; bleeds, oozes, changes color or shape, or becomes larger; scars from past surgery; rash; edema; or red, shiny appearance (inflammation).
Bones and Joints: Pain that decreases mobility and range of motion; inflammation; scars from past surgery; recent fracture; or postural deformity (e.g., kyphosis of the spine).
Mobility: Physical pain, stiffness or swelling that inhibits the ability to accomplish daily activities; balance disturbance; decreased coordination; or a recent fall.
Urinary System: Burning on urination; urgency to urinate; "leaking" and stress incontinence; pain in the side or back; or incontinence.
Cognitive: Abrupt change in personality or signs of confusion or disorientation.
Being informed and ready to adapt to a client's changing needs will give you greater confidence in your skills, allowing you to enjoy the rich rewards of serving older adults in your practice.
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