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God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Manual Therapy Choices: A General Approach to Parkinsonís Disease
By Leon Chaitow, ND, DO
In treating dysfunction, it is normal for most therapists to use a variety of modalities and methods including myofascial release, muscle-energy techniques, positional-release techniques and many more.The assumption must be that different tools achieve different effects, and the ones we choose reflect our perception as to the needs of the individual and/or of the tissues involved. Sledgehammers and walnuts are a reminder that there are appropriate and inappropriate tools for achievement of specific tasks.
A question arises as to whether there exists potential patient benefit to use a general, nonspecific, manual therapy approach, as well as specific focus on identified dysfunction (short, tight, restricted, etc). Evidence (see below) suggests that this is the case, particularly in situations of general poor health.
The variables as to why a particular method is chosen may include: how acute or chronic and how general or local the problem is; age, history and current overall health status of the person; known and/or hypothesized effects of the method in question in relation to identified dysfunctional conditions (i.e., the aimed-for objectives); and the skills, training and licensing restrictions associated with the person providing treatment.
Of course, if only a limited range of skills and modalities have been acquired, choice may be limited by that alone. In contrast, a therapist who has acquired multiple skills and a range of modalities from which to choose may be virtually spoiled for choice as to which therapeutic approach(es) to adopt.
I was reminded a few days ago of the importance that therapists acquire multiple skills when I came across a research study that evaluated a range of osteopathic methods (compared with dummy modalities) in the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).4 In this study, 10 patients with Parkinson's disease and a group of eight age-matched normal control subjects were subjected to gait analysis before and after a single session of an osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) protocol that involved mobilization and muscle-energy procedures rather than manipulation. A separate group of 10 patients with Parkinson's disease was given a sham-control procedure and tested in the same manner.
In the treated group of patients with Parkinson's disease, statistically significant increases were observed in stride length, cadence, and the maximum velocities of upper and lower extremities after a single treatment. There were no significant differences observed in the control groups. The data demonstrates that a single session of an OMT protocol has an immediate impact on Parkinsonian gait.
So, what methods were used (all of which are within the scope of practice of massage therapists, once they have acquired the skills)?
Antero-posterior and lateral mobilization of the thoracic and lumbar spine (patient seated).
Note: This sequence was performed in this order in 30 minutes.
Obviously (and the researchers note this), these procedures would probably have been even more effective if combined with approaches that targeted restrictions and dysfunctions specific to particular individuals. However, in the context of a research study, it was considered that it would be useful to evaluate the benefits - or lack of thereof - when a standardized set of methods were used on all patients.
The outcome was clear. There is a major general benefit to be gained from a broad, generalized, constitutional approach involving myofascial release, muscle-energy techniques and mobilization. Would the results have been even more profound if they had been combined with massage or associated approaches such as Trager therapy and/or trigger point deactivation utilizing neuromuscular techniques?1-3I would bet the farm - and more -on this!
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