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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Take Care of Your Foundation
By Aaron L. Mattes, MS, RKT, LMT
Over the past 40 years, I have spent well more than 200,000 hours in training, conditioning and rehabilitating patients as a kinesiologist, personal trainer and massage therapist. As an author, lecturer and clinical therapist I have worked with thousands of massage therapists.The quality of our work and professional longevity depend on our knowledge and personal health. The foot and ankle are among the most ignored areas of body conditioning as we stretch, strengthen
or train aerobically.
The ankle-foot structures are a complex group of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia that are designed to hold up the weight of the entire body. The ankle joint is responsible for movement forward (upward) into dorsal flexion and backward (downward) into plantar flexion. The subtalar movements of inversion (adduction) and eversion (abduction) are actions between the tibia, talus and calcaneus bones. Deformities such as hind-foot calcaneous valgus, where the heel turns outward, is often combined with midtarsal phalangeal pronation. Varus heel turns inward is often combined with supination or inward rotation of the midtarsal and phalangeal joints.
Sprains of the ankle or subtalar joints feature ligaments partially or totally torn. Shin splints involve tight calves, painful shins, weak arches, strain tearing of the interosseus membranes between the tibia and fibula and weakness/inflammation of the tibialis posterior and tibialis anterior, both of which are major muscles of the arch. Tight calves are also present with pes cavus (high arch), hammer toes and Achilles tendon problems. Tight calves, including the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, need to be stretched. The soleus is stretched by bending the knee 90 degrees, placing the hands or an exercise band around the ball of the foot and dorsal flexing the ankle for 10 repetitions with assistance.
To lengthen a tight gastrocnemius muscle, sit with the leg extended and place an exercise band around the ball of the foot with one strand in each hand. Dorsal flex the foot backward and assist with the band for 10 repetitions.
Massage therapists spend countless hours on their feet. The structure of the ankle, subtalar, midtarsal and phalangeal joints requires excellent muscle support. In many cases, orthodox assistance is used to support underdeveloped, overstressed lower leg muscles and joints. Pain and weakness endangers the work schedule and may limit off-hour exercise and planned activities.
Exercise the muscles of the ankle and foot by using an exercise band. Tie one end of the band to something stable and do this:
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Aaron Mattes received his MS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1972, with special emphasis in kinesiology and kinesiotherapy. He has spent more than 250,000 hours in sports participation, sports and health instruction, rehabilitation, athletic training, adapted physical education, sports medicine, training and prevention programs.
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