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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
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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