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Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Know Your Numbers
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
You've heard the term "wake-up call". All too often we hear our friends or relatives say they have had a "wake-up call" after they have experienced some sort of serious health condition. I heard this comment after someone I know had a heart attack.
My message to you this month is to know your numbers (understand them) and have your "wake-up call" before encountering a heart attack or stroke.
Too many Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke being the most common forms. Coronary artery disease and stroke are the most common causes of death in the United States. If we can un-derstand what our blood pressure, cholesterol, and significance of our weight all mean, we can control (avoid) heart disease.
Here are some numbers that we should be aware of in order to maintain a healthy life:
Blood Pressure Numbers
The top number is the "systolic pressure." Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure inside your blood vessels at the moment your heart beats. The bottom number is your diastolic pressure. Diastolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heartbeats, when your heart is resting.
What's Too High?
Anything under 120/80 is considered normal blood pressure. If the average of your blood pressure numbers is more than 140/90, you have high blood pressure.
Body mass index (BMI) is your weight in relation to your height. A BMI that falls into the "normal" range means that your weight is in reasonable proportion to your height.
Follow the chart to see where you fall. (See Weight chart below.)
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories that our body needs to sustain at rest. In other words, how many calories do we really need? Simply put, take your weight and multiply it times 9. That is what you need if you have no activity in your life. If you are active, multiply your weight times 10.
Remember that if you are trying to lose one pound per week, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. Your body fat per-centage is simply the percentage of fat your body contains. There are scales and tools to calculate your body fat percentage.
Percentage Charts for Men and Women
LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as "bad" cholesterol. The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the better it is for your health.
HDL cholesterol takes the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and keeps it from building up in your arteries.
Triglycerides: Excess calories, alcohol, or sugar in the body are converted into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells throughout your body.
Your total blood cholesterol is a measure of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and other lipid components.
The importance of these numbers is so our cardiovascular system can function efficiently. Heart and blood vessel problems do not happen quickly. Over time, the arteries that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked due to a buildup of fat and cholesterol. Buildup of plaque reduces blood flow to the heart (due to blockages in the arteries) causes heart attacks. Lack of blood flow to the brain from a blood clot causes a stroke.Manage Your Numbers.
I went to a free health screening at a local health fair to gather my numbers. All of these numbers can be calculated and interpreted for you.
Controlling your body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol helps reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Once you know your numbers, then you can take action to live a strong, healthy life.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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