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What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05
Past, Present, Future (Not the Ghosts of Christmas–But of ourselves!)
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Let's do a mental exercise. Focusing on your health and wellness I would like for you to remember yourself as a 17-year-old high school student. Then, do a brief but honest self-assessment of your condition today.As a 17-year-old, you might have been in pretty good shape and full of life....maybe a little overweight or underweight but were you able to perform physically everything you wished to do? Probably so.
How about today? Is your physicality what you need it to be to perform according to your wishes? Are you lifting, carrying and moving items without struggling? How easy is it to walk up a flight of stairs? Do you consider performing massage your idea of exercising every day? Are you making the healthiest eating choices? Is your energy level where it needs to be?
Next, imagine yourself 17 years from now...
I know many of us have looked back and said, "I should have eaten better and exercised more years ago so I wouldn't be in this shape today." Take control of your life now to prevent disease and get fit.
Peer 17 years into the future... you are now the best possible version of the best possible vision you have of yourself, to paraphrase author Neale Donald Walsch. Now, ask yourself: "What will I need to do to get from here to this picture of optimal health and wellness?" And be kind to yourself. Keep real expectations by recalling where you started this exercise, at age 17.
Smart choices are where it begins and good nutrition is key. If you are carrying around extra weight, your joints are having to strain to do so and may be painful. That may keep you from a regular exercise routine which is also a necessary part of the equation. I made a sign that I hang in my office which reads "People don't get fat and out of shape because they get old; they get old because they get fat and out of shape." Think about that. Do you feel old? Are you acting "YOUR AGE"? Is it because you have gained some weight and cannot move the way you wish to? Or are your muscles tight and stiff and you do not have the ROM that you'd like to have?
Some simple fitness traits and smart nutrition added into your daily routine can get you on the right track. Just changing some of your food choices will bring many benefits. Start by eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and less saturated fats. To avoid tiredness, fatigue, and a sluggish immunity, daily physical activity should be a part of your routine, even if it is only 10 minutes at a time. You can go to www.mypyramid.gov for more information.
Mickey Mantle said, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Healthy aging is about so much more than staying physically fit–it's also about maintaining your sense of purpose and your love for life. It is also finding new things to enjoy, adapting to change, staying physically and socially active, and being connected to your loved ones and your community.
Start taking care of yourself now. Strength train with a resistance band, stretch daily, work on your balance with a stability ball, increase your cardiovascular exercise by getting out and walking. I offer DVD instructional videos which can help train or motivate you. Search the internet for information you think might be helpful and supportive. Find inspiration from family and friends.
It's never too late to begin working on your future health. There is time to make changes and reap the rewards that come from a balanced wellness program. Don't dwell on the past, have some fun in your present and be your best in the future!
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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