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The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
October, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 10
The Benefits of Reconstructive Proliferant Therapy
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Millions of people live in pain and don't know what to do about it. Something profound changes for these sufferers. The pain makes it hard to think, work or play. It saps energy and enthusiasm for life. Frequently, depression sets in. Many of these clients come to us for help. Some we help and some we don't.
For many years, I felt helpless to ease the pain of clients that I and all my colleagues could not help. As my practice grew, I saw people from all around the country who had tried every conceivable therapy, from surgery, to physical therapy, to chiropractic, to osteopathy, to massage therapy, to structural integration and movement modalities like Alexander technique and Feldenkrais practitioners. These people had also tried medication, exercise and meditation. Every treatment had failed for these individuals. Many of the people I saw had been in pain for 15 to 20 years.
When I discovered reconstructive proliferant therapy, I felt like I'd found the golden key to helping many of the clients with intractable pain that I, and everyone else I knew, couldn't seem to help. In my experience, 85 to 90 percent of those for whom nothing seemed to work got well with this therapy if treated by an experienced and skilled physician.
What is reconstructive proliferant therapy and how does it work?
Reconstructive proliferant therapy (also called prolotherapy) is a technique that stimulates the body's ability to repair itself when that process does not occur naturally. Just as a cut or scratch initiates the skin's regenerative processes, a proliferant causes the production of new tissue by stimulating cell reproduction in the connective tissues. Until proliferants were discovered, it was believed to be impossible for connective tissues to regenerate in this way.
The proliferant is injected into the affected ligaments, tendons or joints, and causes local inflammation. This controlled inflammation triggers an accelerated wound-healing process, resulting in new collagen and fibroblastic proliferation (fibroblasts are the cells that actually grow the ligaments and tendons). The new collagen shrinks as it develops, which tightens the structure and makes it stronger.
What kinds of cases respond best to prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy has been shown to be very effective at reducing or eliminating chronic pain in cases where injuries have resulted in painful adhesive scar tissue and/or laxity or weakness of ligaments, tendons or joints. This treatment is especially effective in treating chronic pain in the neck, low back, thorax, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. It also strengthens weak joints by shortening and thickening the ligaments supporting those joints. For example, if a ligament in the knee is damaged and permenantly stretched, it cannot effectively hold that joint in place, and therefore leaves the structure more vulnerable to further injury. The proliferant strengthens the integrity of the joint by tightening the ligament so it can do its job more effectively.
What can a client do to get maximum benefit from prolotherapy?
During proliferant therapy, it is vitally important for the patient to do gentle exercises several times a day, to ensure that the healing and new tissue development take place in the presence of a full range of motion. This can make or break the effectiveness of the treatment. Each area of the body requires particular exercises to make sure the healing is effective. When clients do their exercises daily and don't return to stressful activity too soon, the results are usually excellent.
How long does the treatment process take?
Proliferants are usually slow-acting because they stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. They are most active in the first 3 to 7 days but keep working for months at a slower pace. The number of treatment sessions depends on the part of the body and the severity of the case, ranging from two or three sessions for a wrist to eight or so for the low back. Individuals heal at different rates depending on their age, strength, flexibility, level of stress and nutritional health, so there is some variation in the number of sessions needed by specific clients.
What are the side effects?
Unlike many medicines, proliferants have no side effects and have a lower drug content than aspirin. While there are many different proliferant formulas in use, the most frequently used solution (the Ongley solution developed in 1960) contains common chemical substances that have been tested for safety and effectiveness. The Ongley solution includes dextrose (a pure sugar that serves as the main irritant stimulating connective tissue production), Xylocaine (the numbing medicine your dentist uses), glycerine (to help in blood clotting), and phenol (a proliferant that prevents infection).
How can I connect my clients to prolotherapy professionals?
Since this is a relatively unknown treatment in the United States, it may be difficult to find doctors who are experienced in reconstructive proliferant therapy. Once you have located one, see if he or she has been doing it for at least 5 years. Ask if you can speak to several of the doctor's patients to learn what their experience has been. If you would like a recommendation to an experienced physician, feel free to contact me either by phone (617-576-0777) or email at .
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