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Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Making a Difference
By Angie Patrick
Some people can live their whole lives unconcerned with the state of affairs of their community, the friends they have, or the profession they choose. I think we all know someone like this. It seems the only interest in life they have is simply to make more money, amass more material things, and to elevate themselves regardless the cost.
Unsavory as they are, they certainly can help to shed light on the attributes most of us would like to avoid in ourselves and our friends. While the description above is unsavory, there are varied shades of grey that are not so extreme. None of us intend to fall into these grey areas, but sometimes, it's really all too easy to get so wrapped up in our own little micro-galaxy that we forget the bigger universe spinning around us.
The bills have to be paid, the house has to be cleaned, the laundry must be done, the kids must get to school, and the needs of your own half acre can sometimes seem to be greater than the sum of what you can provide, especially in hard economic times. We work so hard to make everything go precisely as planned that we sometimes deplete the well that exists within us filled with the desire to give to our community. In fact, many of you reading this are probably even saying, "I am tapped out, Angie. ... It is all I can do to make my practice successful and keep that balanced with the needs at home." I hear you. And I can truly identify with this.
As with everything in our lives, there must be balance. I am no stranger to working and trying to make my home a happy and healthy place for me and my family. I certainly cannot tell you where your threshold lies for capacity to participate in other community enriching activities or self-enriching pursuits. No one knows that but you; it is a personal decision and one only you can make for yourself. But I can share with you my experience from making the active choice to MAKE the time to be an activist for positive change in the massage community; it has enabled me to feel as if I am making an impact on my community, while replenishing the well inside me that desires to do good for others. And it doesn't really pull from the needs of the job or the needs of the family.
I think anyone who knows me would have to say it is more than just a little obvious that I love massage. I love it for many reasons. First, the health benefit it has provided to my family and those I love has been profound. Second, it is the means by which I provide for my family and their needs. It provides a roof over our head, and it provides the food on our dinner table. Most of my friends are in this industry, and many more people I know through Facebook, tradeshows, and through public speaking are also in this profession. To say massage permeates my life would be an understatement. So, for me, after recognizing the impact massage has on all phases of my life, it makes sense that I needed to find a way to balance what massage provides me with a gift I can give to support the profession that is so important to me in so many ways. In thinking about what I can do, I came upon two things. One, provide the best quality professional grade products on the market at a reasonable and fair price, while upholding the standard of professionalism for our industry. And two, by being a proponent for supporting massage therapy research and beating the drum about its importance to each of us who depend on massage as a means of support. Without research, the future of massage is at risk. Suppose there were no more contributions made to the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), and no further research was possible. In a very short while, massage therapy would fall decades behind and we would be taking huge strides back into the dark ages when "massage" meant something completely different than it does now. It would no longer hold the stature it does now, and it would certainly no longer hold the interest of the medical community as a true therapeutic means for facilitating and maintaining overall health.
How would this impact our ability to maintain our own micro-galaxy? I believe it would be impactful enough to make many of us have to leave the profession we love and look into other careers far less rewarding, and for which we have far less passion. I don't know about you, but I can certainly see the importance of continued forward momentum in quantifying the belief we all hold: TOUCH HEALS. Without those in the field documenting, conducting field trials, and making strides to publish papers with outcomes of these trials - our profession dies on the vine.
I, for one, choose not to allow this to happen. I cannot fix the world, but I can facilitate positive change within the community I love. I can bring about fundraising opportunities to assist in funding research. I can speak to the need for research whenever I am given the chance. And I can donate on a personal level, so that I can be certain I am part of the fix, and not part of the challenge. I can try to instill in others the impact we, as the custodians of the profession, can have upon future generations of therapists by doing a small part to create big changes.
Think about this: If there are 250,000 (estimated number) therapists practicing in the U.S., and we were able to mobilize just 10 percent of these therapists to give up just two "venti-skinny-mocha-latte's w/ whip" each year, and take that money and write a check to the MTF, we could raise almost overnight a whopping HALF-MILLION DOLLARS the first year alone! Can you imagine how much change this could facilitate? What if more mobilized and we each encouraged others within our community to do the same? We could expand that percentage exponentially, and by doing so, we could all help insure the future of massage therapy for generations to come.
The small parts done by many become stellar in size and can change the future of at least part of the Universe. I choose to be a proponent for positive change. I know it takes a small effort on my part, but it is absolutely worth it to me. I will make the effort. Will you?
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