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Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Moving Beyond Fibromyalgia
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
Around the age of 25, my doctor diagnosed me with a condition known as fibromyalgia (FM). Although I'd heard of FM, like most people (including my doctors at the time), I didn't know much about the condition.
What I did know was that it was a chronic condition and the cause of a lot of pain and dysfunction for me. But as someone who'd always been physically fit and active, I wasn't willing to accept the idea that I'd have to live with fatigue and discomfort for the rest of my life. Instead, I made it my personal mission to learn as much as I could about FM and how to treat it.
FM Then and Now
During my exploration, I was surprised to discover that there wasn't a significant amount of research done on FM in over 50 years. In fact, during the past half a century there had only been one significant shift in the treatment of this condition. That shift was the use of pharmaceuticals.
The addition of pharmaceuticals seemed to halt research on more holistic approaches to FM. And somewhere in the subterfuge, the idea that the human body has the capacity to heal itself when brought into equilibrium was lost.
Many people who suffer from FM have tried a plethora of pharmaceuticals that promise to ease their pain, only to find that the drugs have little effect on the actual symptoms.
Solving the FM Puzzle
As an FM patient and a therapist, I began to look past the pharmaceuticals to more holistic approaches. As I gathered different pieces to the FM puzzle, three complimentary approaches to wellness soon took focus. If FM was to be controlled successfully, it would have to be treated on three fronts simultaneously: the physical, the mental and the spiritual. This is what I call the Triad of Health for FM patients. When a patient ignores one piece of the puzzle, they create an opportunity for pain and dysfunction to take its place.
The Physical Piece
As a therapist, you no doubt see clients who suffer from FM in your practice. Here are a few tips to help your clients find the physical relief they so need:
The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Bringing the Pieces Together
There's been a lot of attention lately on the mind-body-spirit connection. But the concept has been around for years. Even ancient healers knew that a person's state of mind and belief in things both seen and unseen played a tremendous role in their ability to heal.
Here are some modern day tips you can introduce to your clients to keep their body, mind and spirit in alignment.
The 1930's Approach
A few years ago I ran across an article on the condition formerly known "fibrositis" (aka fibromyalgia). Here are a few treatment tips the article shared and why they're still good advice today:
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