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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Spotlight on Palmaris Longus
By Judith DeLany, LMT
The forearms and hands are the most important tools used in massage therapy. Preventing the development of career-ending conditions, such as Dupuytren's contracture, is a critical, yet often overlooked, step in self-care.When these muscles are neglected, consequences can range from nagging, aching arms, wrists or hands, to debilitating chronic pain.
Palmaris longus (PL) is a great example. This long (extrinsic) muscle courses from the medial epicondyle to attach broadly onto the palmar fascia which, in turn, spans into five directions, each of which projects toward a digit (ray). Its tendon is the only anterior forearm tendon to remain outside the flexor retinaculum at the wrist, making it distinctly visible when the wrist is flexed and the hand is curled upon itself.
Although the muscle belly may be absent on either arm or both, its palmar fascia is always present.1 Its tendon may be more easily distinguished from the carpal (wrist) flexors by having the person place all five digital pads together, with the metacarpophalangeal joints flexed and the fingers and thumb extended (as if picking up a marble with all five digits). It may be necessary to simultaneously flex the wrist to make the tendon more distinct.
PL may be strained with loaded wrist flexion. The associated palmar fascia may be injured with the use of hand tools that can inflict trauma, such as when pounding on an ice pick, sculpting tool, or kitchen chopper, when twisting with pressure while using trowels in gardening, or when applying pressure with hand-held tools in massage therapy. Associated trauma can result in shortening of the connective tissue of the palm, similar to that seen in Dupuytren's contracture.
Indicators for treatment of PL include:
Dupuytren's contracture is a hand deformity in which the palmar fascia contracts and thickens over time. The characteristics of Dupuytren's contracture2 include:
Due to slow progression, observation and minimal or no treatment are often indicated initially for Dupuytren's contracture. A non-surgical intervention of injection coupled with forceful finger extension may be indicated.3 Surgical excision of the fascia may be necessary and the hand may lose up to 25 percent of its grip power as a result.
Heredity may be a factor in Dupuytren's contracture, however, it is important to rule out trigger points as part of the problem.4 Trigger points in this muscle may simulate Dupuytren's contracture and may even produce flexion contracture of the fingers. A distinguishing feature is that while Dupuytren's may cause a painful palm, only trigger points in PL produce the prickling sensation. Simons, et al., describe a spray and stretch technique that covers the anterior forearm and hand that is often beneficial to this condition. NMT hand and forearm protocols are also effective. (For hand and forearm treatment protocols, visit www.nmtcenter.com/articles.)
The value of contrast hydrotherapies should not be underestimated, especially when followed with stretching. Not only is this therapy readily available and very inexpensive, it can easily be self-applied, especially to the forearms and hands.
Prevention of injury is the foremost key to maintaining healthy hands. Particular care should be exercised when using tools that can damage the palmar fascia. Work gloves, alternative tools and employed help should be considered for jobs that might place stress on the tissues of the palm.
Judith DeLany serves as director of NMT Center, writes textbooks for Elsevier Health Sciences, and lectures internationally in the field of neuromuscular therapy. For more information regarding her work, visit www.nmtcenter.com or call toll-free at (866) 571-7942.
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