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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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