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A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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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