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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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Improve Your Eyesight: The Natural Way
By Judith DeLany, LMT
A quick glance around us at the number of people who require glasses, contact lenses, and eye surgeries reflects a widespread need to prevent visual deterioration and to use natural means to improve vision. This short discussion offers steps you can take to gain better health of the muscles of the eyes.
The eye is similar to a fluid-filled balloon, with movements controlled by six extrinsic muscles (superior, inferior, medial, and lateral rectus muscles, and the superior and inferior oblique muscles). Tension in these muscles can influence the direction of tracking, and might also influence the shape of the eye, alter eye health and perhaps have some bearing on eyesight. The intricate details of eye design and sight are quite complex and more fully discussed within anatomy texts.
Each eyeball is directed anteriorly. The pull of tension of some of the muscles produces a single movement, while others have multiple effects. Additionally, the two eyes must work in coordination. Common dysfunction can result in:
Strabismus most often develops in infants and young children and usually requires treatment. Eyeglasses, vision therapy or eye muscle surgery may be suggested; cranial osteopathic or craniosacral treatment may especially be useful.
The Bates Method
In the early 19th century, Dr. W. H. Bates1 expressed ideas that were outside of mainstream ophthalmology. He aimed to improve faulty eyesight by incorporating natural visual habits and reducing mental strain. He first described the Bates method in Perfect Sight Without Glasses, theorizing that mental strain played a role in refractive error (presbyopia, astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia) as well as other eye conditions, such as strabismus, amblyopia, cataracts, and glaucoma. His original text is now available free (digitally) at http://www.iblindness.org/books/bates/.
While the application of the Bates method exercises is commonly used for certain eye conditions in children, it may be helpful to the mature eye as well. These eye movements - left and right, up and down, and in large circular patterns - are intended to elongate shortened muscles, thereby decreasing pressure on the eye that changes its shape and alters the focal plane of the lens. A number of other steps, such as acquiring proper rest, alternating the focal plane, palming, sunning, and swinging were also suggested. (The Bates Association for Vision Education - http://www.seeing.org/index.html)
There are no harmful side effects from the exercises if performed appropriately; however, one must have determination to stick with the program. Although finding a qualified practitioner can be challenging, behavioral optometrists or vision therapists generally teach natural vision improvement techniques such as these, while also incorporating other visual therapy methods. Appropriate medical examination and treatment is strongly recommended, particularly for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and other serious eye pathologies.
Leviton2 a student of Bates, discusses a simple exercise fashioned from a 10-foot string or thin rope and 15 brightly colored beads (varying colors are best). Tie the beads onto the string at eight-inch intervals and the end of the string to a doorknob or distant object. Sit comfortably in a chair at a distance, pull the string taut and hold it near the tip of the nose so that the eyes gaze across its length. While breathing deeply, look at the first bead nearest the nose for a few seconds and attempt to bring it into focus. Then move to the next bead and so forth until the distant end is reached, then reverse to move back toward the face until all have been addressed as second time. Additionally, you can look at the closest bead and then the farthest bead, back to the second, then the farthest again, then the third and so forth, up and down the string, pausing on each to attempt to focus.
Benefit may also be gained from exercises that stretch the recti muscles. It is best to perform these while seated, in case the movements result in lightheadedness or vertigo. Stretch out your right arm (palm down) in front you. Extend the wrist and curl the fingers and thumb toward the palm except for the extended index finger, which is pointing toward the ceiling to produce a single digit on which to focus. Stay focused on the tip of the index finger while moving the arm slowly in horizontal abduction (out to the side) as far as the eye can follow it without moving the head. Continue to focus on it while slowly returning it to the original position. Continue the same while moving it overhead and lowering it toward the thigh. Perform these movements several times. Use the left arm to repeat the entire set of movements to the left side. It is not uncommon for the eyes to feel fatigued or to ache for a brief time after the session due to the "exercising" nature of the movements.
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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