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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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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 IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
Communicating With Elders Who Have Special Needs
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Do you serve older adults in your practice? Regardless of whether you see your elder clients in your office, a long-term care facility or at their home, being able to communicate effectively can increase your confidence and make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.Communication is our way of exchanging information, but more importantly, it's our way to build relationships. Making an effort to learn how to relate to our elder clients who have special needs deepens our ability to connect with them.
Whether you are serving a robust, active older adult or an elder who suffers from a debilitating disease, you need to be sensitive to the conditions that impact their ability to communicate effectively. It's common to feel uncomfortable with how to handle a situation when an elder's condition impacts their ability to communicate. There are two things you can do that will help. First, become familiar with the obstacles affecting communication and learn a few ways of getting around them. It still is possible to communicate effectively by learning some simple skills. You will save yourself and your client frustration and embarrassment, and your experience will be a much more positive one.
We live in a culture that undervalues our elders. We have all most likely been affected by the prevalent social attitudes, beliefs and assumptions about older adults. Our own belief system affects our understanding of the elder's perspective. For example, our society seems to believe elders are no longer productive and no longer contribute to society. Based on this belief, we might assume the elder's goals or sense of purpose in life are somewhere in the past and we might overlook an inherent part of who this person is as a human being.
How to help:
Hearing loss: There are several reasons for hearing loss, including genetic factors, repeated exposure to loud noise, viruses or brain damage from a stroke or tumors. Many older adults gradually lose their hearing.
How to help:
Effects of Disease or Disability
Many elders suffer from chronic or debilitating conditions that impact communication in unique ways.
Lung disease: Emphysema, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) all decrease lung capacity, resulting in shortness of breath. People with severe lung disease might avoid conversation and become withdrawn when the effort to speak makes them "winded."
How to help:
Brain injury and disease: Stroke, Parkinson's disease and traumatic injury can all affect the ability to communicate because of impaired motor skills associated with speech, as well as impaired function of the speech and language centers in the brain.
Dysarthria is the term used to refer to slurred speech resulting from the inability to coordinate the muscles used in speaking. This makes speech hard to understand.
How to help:
Aphasia is a complex communication disorder that affects the person's ability to process language. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke. There are two kinds of aphasia: expressive and receptive. The person with expressive aphasia has difficulty finding the right words or forming thoughts into speech. Receptive aphasia is the inability to understand spoken language.
How to help:
Oral health: Elders sometimes have a difficult time maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Some issues that can arise include poor-fitting dentures (which might not be used at all); failure to be vigilant about daily cleaning; periodontal disease; or dry mouth from medication side-effects. Clearly, there is a link between any condition of the mouth that causes discomfort and verbal communication. I once knew a woman in a skilled-nursing facility whose speech was very slurred and extremely hard to understand because she had no teeth. After seeing her several times to give her a massage, I discovered she had dentures she kept in a drawer. She just needed a reminder to put them in.
How to help:
When you feel more confident with your ability to handle communication challenges, you will be more at ease to shift your focus away from the physical condition to what is even more important - the well-being of the elder you are serving at the moment. You will be freer to simply allow yourself to be present and connect with the elder as a human being - a form of communication that speaks louder than words ever can.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia
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