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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.
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."
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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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