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Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
January, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 01
By the Sweat of the Brow
By Judith DeLany, LMT
The stresses of daily life often show up in a very public way: posted right on our faces for all to see. In particular, "frowning furrows" in the area between the brows (vertical glabellar folds) may become a permanent fixture as time records our mimetic habits, etching our emotions into the dreaded lines and deep creases that we often associate with aging.
The booming business of botox injections confirms that many people are haunted by the face in their bathroom mirrors.
Certain habits can stress the muscles of the brow. Straining to focus (when glasses are needed or are in need of a stronger prescription) or using the brows to shade the eyes from overhead light or the sun, results in chronic corrugator superciliaris muscle shortening.
Each corrugator lies under the medial half of its respective brow, arising from the frontal bone near the superiomedial orbital rim, crossing obicularis oculi and frontalis fibers, and inserting into the skin at the middle of the brow. By co-contracting, they pull the medial edges of the brows toward each other and downward toward the nose.
The tension they produce is often accompanied by that of procerus, which applies vertical tension between the brows, resulting in horizontal nasal root creases. Together, the corrugators and procerus produce a visor-like effect of the brows to shade the eyes. Additionally, furrows form between them to offer the classic emotional expressions of anger and confusion.
A few botox injections might provide a quick remedy. But, for those who want a more natural (and more economical) approach, self-applied techniques coupled with awareness of use often can produce a visible result.
Two simple manual techniques - compression and a "miniature" myofascial release - can be applied with the index finger and thumb. This can be repeated once daily or several times a day with little to no risk, at no cost and often with outstanding results.
The techniques are simple, so empty your hands and let's take the first step in erasing those lines.
Six Steps to Erasing Frowning Furrows
Pay attention to everyday habits, like squinting, and work to reduce them. Wear a visor, when needed, to shade overhead light. Notice if emotions, like anger, or states of high concentration are repetitively creating strain in this area. The first step is to notice the habits and, then, you can take actions to reduce them.
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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