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Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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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