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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
February, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 02
Communicating the Importance of Frequent Sessions
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: How do you get a person to come two or three times a week to work on an injury? It's often tough to get a client to come once a week.
Answer: I am often asked this question by practitioners who are new to orthopedic massage. Working on people who have pain and injury problems is quite different from performing relaxation massage. Relaxation massage therapy might be effective if the client comes once a week, twice a month, or even once a month -- depending on the degree of stress the person's body is under.
In order for orthopedic massage to be effective, the client usually must come a minimum of twice a week, and sometimes more frequently. However, the sessions often can be shorter in duration; they are frequently just 30 minutes long.
If you take the time to set the context of your work, getting someone to come two or three times per week is not that difficult. What do I mean by setting the context of your work? Most therapists are anxious to get the client on the table and start working on them right away. When dealing with a pain problem, that's not the best way to begin.
Before doing any hands-on work, it's important to establish the therapeutic relationship -- take a slow and thorough history, do an assessment with whatever testing methods you use, talk to the client about the type of treatment you suggest and give the person plenty of time to ask you questions. This is all I do in the first session. At that point, I tell the client I want them to think seriously about whether or not they want the treatment. I tell them that it's a big commitment. I also explain that I don't take on any client unless I believe I have a good chance of being able to help them. Then I outline how I expect the treatment to progress.
For example, I might recommend the client come for one-hour sessions twice a week for six to eight weeks. Once they start to show improvement, I'd cut the sessions down to 45 minutes. As they continue to show improvement, I'd see them once a week for a while, and then once every other week. Meanwhile, I would be teaching the client exercises to do on a daily basis, and in certain cases, I might suggest they see a nutritionist for some dietary counseling.
After providing all of this information, I ask the client to think about their decision for a few days and then give me a call. Only if the person has absolutely decided to get treatment and insists on making an appointment right away, do I go ahead and give them an appointment at the end of the initial assessment session. Proceeding in this way helps to ensure that before clients begin treatment, they fully understand and agree to the time commitment that is necessary to enable their injury to heal. If an individual has a financial constraint, I will, in certain cases, take the person on for a nominal fee. If my life doesn't permit me to do that at the moment, I will refer them to someone else trained in orthopedic massage.
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