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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
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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