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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
May, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 05
Prevention and Rehabilitation of Conditions Leading to Hip Replacements
By Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT
If you are doing therapeutic work, there will be clients who are in pain from hip problems, with hip replacements being the most severe.Unfortunately, many clients, especially the elderly, never fully recover proper alignment, full range of motion or pain-free function after having surgery for hip replacements. The criteria for hip replacements involves waiting until the client experiences constant and/or severe pain for a period of time before the surgery is performed. The tragedy here is that these clients are offered little, if any, intervention other than drugs for their pain, even after chronic or acute arthritic or degenerative changes are noted in the hip joint. This is very short-sighted especially when deep-tissue therapy, properly applied, can relieve and rehabilitate much of the problem. I have had clients who were told they were in need of a hip replacement due to pain and degeneration who, after rehabilitative massage techniques, were pain-free for years without having this drastic surgery.
Conditions Leading to Hip Replacements
A very basic condition is a pelvic imbalance (an anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums) resulting in the contraction of the musculature of the hip which often involves compression of the nerves. This may occur in the gluteals (maximus, medius, minimus), the piriformis or rotators. Other muscles that directly affect the rotation of the iliums and cause a tightening of the gluteals in compensation are the quadriceps, adductors, hamstrings, quadratus lumborum, TFL, iliacus and psoas. These muscles are all involved either in compensation for, or in support of, the pelvic distortion. I have found that when the pelvic imbalance is released, the tension in these muscles is reduced and there is a marked improvement in any hip condition.
To facilitate the release of the pelvic imbalance, the deeper tissues of the pelvis and hip need to be treated. Often these muscles and other soft tissue are inflamed and painful. Even so these tissues can be effectively treated by using a three-step approach that releases fluids and toxins and surface tensions; unwinds the myofascial holding patterns; and releases deep fibers and adhesions. This sequence not only directly affects the musculature and structure of this area, but reduces the amount of sensation that the client will experience while the contracted tissue is being treated.
It is important to release the tissues responsible for the anteriorly rotated ilium in a hip problem before releasing the compensating contracted or overstretched muscles that counter that rotation. I find the best results are produced when following this sequence: quadriceps, adductors, hamstrings, gluteals, quadratus lumborum, rotators, TFL and abdominals. If the pain and problem is in the hip joint of the posteriorly rotated ilium, it is still necessary to release the anteriorly rotated ilium first. Otherwise, the pelvis will slip into compensation for the anteriorly rotated ilium, and little will be gained for long-term recovery.
Don't hesitate to work with the hip if it is arthritic or the cartilage is degenerated. I have had many clients come to me with severe pain from arthritis and hip degeneration who are presently walking and fully functional. The soft tissue changes from the balanced pelvis took the stress off the hip. So, my message to you is: By all means do intervention therapy before surgery is ever considered. Unfortunately, many clients will not believe you can make a significant change because a medical doctor has diagnosed a problem, and they feel medical treatment such as surgery or cortisone is the only way to treat the pain. However, people want to feel better. Usually, that is enough of a reason for them to allow you to work with deep-tissue therapy on this type of problem.
Treating Clients With Hip Replacements
Many clients who have had hip replacement surgery will still be in considerable pain. Once again, proper soft-tissue therapy can release that pain and facilitate rehabilitation. Limiting factors from the surgery are pelvic imbalance, misalignment of leg and hip, leg-length difference from an inappropriate length of surgical apparatus, scar tissue and adhesion, and improper gait while walking.
Oftentimes the pelvic imbalance that existed before surgery that was responsible for the degeneration of the hip will not have been addressed and will be a stress factor on the surgically repaired hip. It is therefore necessary to bring the hips into structural alignment by balancing the anterior/posterior hip distortion. When this is accomplished, the structure supports the hip and the pressure is equal on the hip joints. Many times, this is the key component for the client's recovery. This process is similar to the pelvic balancing that we would have applied before surgery as previously described in this article. The complications are increased scar tissue and adhesions from surgery, uneven leg length due to surgical apparatus and misalignment of the leg/knee/ankle being nonsupportive.
I hope this has opened your eyes to the very real possibility of successfully treating hip problems using deep-tissue massage therapy techniques.
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