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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
Squatting: Integrating Fitness In Your Practice
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Chris White
Editor’s Note: Dr. Benjamin continues his series on integrating fitness in your practice with this article, co-authored by Chris White.
The squat is one of seven fundamental movement patterns that were essential to human survival in primitive times.The other six are: lunging, bending, rotating, pushing, pulling, and walking/running. The quality with which an individual executed each movement dictated their physical capacity and ability to survive. Even today, all of the movements we do are a combination of these seven fundamental movements.
The origins of squatting date back to the beginning of time. It was one of the movements most essential to everyday life. Basically, anything that took place on the ground was usually done from a squat position. Based on the idea that form follows function, it’s easy to see why many people have lost the ability to squat effectively. The changes brought about by chairs, cars, and computers, to name a few, have turned a squatting society into a sitting society.
Squatting serves many important functions for humans. It was commonly used 10,000 years ago because many daily activities took place on the ground. There weren’t any chairs (man-made at least), so squatting allowed a person to sit comfortably and still have use of their hands for tool making, food preparation, and cooking.
The squat position also kept a person rooted on their feet, ready to stand up, move, jump or run at a moment’s notice. The mechanical properties of the squat also served a role in the toileting habits of primitive man; when a person is squatting, the right thigh compressing the ascending colon, which literally pushes waste material up and through the transverse colon. From here it can more easily move out of the body.
Many undeveloped and developing countries around the world still use the squat for everyday activities. No matter what country you’re in, you might notice that infants and young children are quite good at squatting. It’s only when we stop squatting that we lose our ability to do so.
Learning to Squat
When done correctly, squatting is a very comfortable position to be in. At the bottom of the squat, the trunk is allowed to rest comfortably on the legs. This decompresses the lumbar spine and decreases the load on the extensor muscles of the back. At the same time, the posterior thigh is allowed to rest against the back of the lower leg, minimizing tension throughout the quadriceps.
Many Americans need to get back into the habit of squatting in order to strengthen their thighs and buttock muscles. Squatting may also prevent some digestive problems that lead to straining during bowel movements, hemorrhoids and other issues. Women may find the squatting position to be a comfortable stretch during pregnancy, and they may find it useful during delivery as well.
There are many wrong ways to do squats, so you have to teach your clients the right way to do them. Otherwise, they may strain their neck or back, or, particularly, their knees. When most people begin learning how to squat, their knees roll inward, placing enormous stress on the medial knee.
Start by making sure you can do a squat properly, and then use this knowledge to teach your clients to do the same.
See a video on the proper squat: www.youtube.com/watch?v=efiSjiedJAw
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Chris White is co-founder of Go Primal Fitness and the Functional Training Institute. With more than 13 years experience in massage therapy, strength training and nutritional coaching, his clients include those with severe spinal injuries and Olympic level athletes.
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