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Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
June, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 06
Let's Talk about...Lunging
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Lunging was an essential movement for the survival of our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago — and it's still a very important movement for people to master today. It should be a staple in every client's strength, conditioning or rehabilitation program.The lunge is an exaggerated form of walking that involves longer, higher and multi-directional use of the gait pattern. Instead of taking a normal step (like when walking), the lunge involves a longer stride, higher knee drive and can be done in any direction (forward, backward, laterally and at an angle).
From an evolutionary perspective, lunging was probably most important when carrying large building materials (trees, stones, etc.) or game meats through the woods back to the village. The terrain 100,000 years ago was much different than today's nicely paved sidewalks, floors and roadways. It was unpredictable and at any moment could change from dry to wet, high to low, or even become impassable. When a person was carrying a heavy load on this kind of topography, the ability to stabilize the trunk, hips, knees and ankles over the base of support was critical — otherwise, a person could injure one or more of those body parts and be immobilized, and therefore, a prime target for a bear or other predator.
Today, the lunge is a primary movement for many everyday activities and sports, though probably not carrying rocks or meat. Going up and down stairs, hiking, throwing a ball and sprinting all involve components of the lunge pattern. Identifying dysfunctions in movements of the lunge can be helpful for understanding why individuals hurt themselves doing specific activities involving that movement. For instance, the inability to execute a lunge properly gives the trainer or therapist valuable information about an individual's overall flexibility, neural function and mechanical viability and should always be assessed before prescribing a rehabilitation or performance program.
Let me explain what we mean by mechanical viability. For example, if a client has difficulty maintaining an upright torso while lunging, two or more things could potentially be happening. First, the psoas, rectus femoris or rectus abdominis might not have the length, with the back leg extended, to allow the trunk to remain tall. Therefore, the trunk flexes to avoid excessive stretch or discomfort. Second, the extension-ability of the spine (i.e. the mechanical ability of each vertebral segment to extend) might be limited because of misuse, poor training habits or postural abnormalities, thereby prohibiting the client from maintaining an upright position. This condition is only noticeable with the back leg in extension or while transitioning from one leg to the next during a lunge. The first condition requires very specific stretches, the second very specific mobilization techniques. In some cases, both might be necessary.
When lunging, the front foot should be flat and as parallel as possible with the knee aligned over the second and third metatarsal. The back knee should gently touch the floor; the spine should be erect and in a neutral position with the trunk stacked nicely in the vertical plane. A standard lunge, along with variations and common faults, can be viewed in the video below, compliments of IMAPTraining.com.You can see the video at www.benbenjamin.com/lunge.
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