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A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
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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