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Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Treatment Decisions for Peripheral Neuropathy
By Rita Woods, LMT
First, the physiology and chain of events involved in a glucose-related neuropathy, as with diabetes, is more clearly understood than in some other neuropathies. This makes it easy to see how and why the protocol can be effective. Second, we know from experience that chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy responds well to the massage protocol and is used today in some oncology massage clinics. Both of these conditions require that the underlying cause be eliminated for complete recovery. The glucose levels must be stable to prevent further damage and the chemotherapy must be completed or changed to achieve optimal results. Our work is to return the tissue back to normal (as much as is possible) through increased circulation and the condition will improve or go away. Peripheral neuropathies (PN) come with a variety of causes and in some cases, the cause is not known. Let's take a look at some of them.
About 30% of all PNs are a direct result of diabetes. Another 30% are considered idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. The rest fall into several groups and are either acquired (most of them are) or inherited. Presently, there are more than 100 known causes of peripheral neuropathy. The Mayo Clinic provides this list of known causes:
What I found missing from this list was that some medications are known to cause PN in some patients. In particular are the statins – cholesterol lowering drugs. This prompts me to remind you to get a complete medical history that includes a list of medication. Drugs are easy to look up online in order to identify possible side effects. (Please review two articles on this subject, "Chasing the Pain" from the October 2010 and February 2011 issues of Massage Today). To see how this happens, let's remember that a nerve is surrounded by a myelin sheath. Myelin is an insulating layer that forms around nerves and is made up of protein and fatty substances including cholesterol. The purpose of the myelin sheath is to allow impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells. If myelin is damaged, for whatever reason, the impulses slow down or send imperfect signals that can be interrupted as pain. Stain drugs are developed to reduce cholesterol and in some patients, it prevents the myelin sheath from repairing itself. This reduces its ability to protect the nerve resulting in pain, tingling and numbness of the nerves. This can also affect nerves to internal organs. Do you see how our ability to help that client may be limited because the neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and is not the result of blocked or impaired circulation?
The neuropathies caused by physical trauma or pressure on nerves is really our area of expertise and an area in which can have a positive impact on the client. Repetitive stress often leads to entrapment neuropathies, a special category of compression injury. Cumulative damage can result from repetitive, forceful, awkward activities that require flexing of any group of joints for prolonged periods. The resulting irritation may cause ligaments, tendons and muscles to become inflamed and swollen, constricting the narrow passageways through which some nerves pass. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a good example of this kind of neuropathy. Remember to think it through. If the underlying cause falls within our scope of practice, then you may be able to have a positive outcome. If not, give what supportive care you can but be careful not to give false hope to the client. Help them to understand their condition and develop a treatment plan that you will both be happy with.
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