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A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Dissection: The Ultimate Educational Experience
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Have you ever wondered what the tissues look like under your patient's scars? Or how these tissues were affected by a knee or hip joint replacement? Have you ever wondered what an artery filled with plaque looks like or how easy or difficult it is to break a piece of plaque off the arterial wall during a massage? What does the inside of the chest cavity look like after the sternum has been cut in half and the chest has been spread apart for bypass surgery? Or the wrist that has experienced a carpel tunnel release procedure?
Would it be helpful for you to see and touch cancerous tissues? How valuable would it be to see, touch and compare the same muscle, such as a bicep or trapezius, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time? Are you curious about how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle tendons merge to form the Achilles tendon? Or the relationship between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle? Would you like to see how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy? Graduates of a full body dissection seminar have seen and touched the body, and dissected each layer, to know the answers to these and many more questions. The knowledge graduates gain and the refinements they make to their palpation skills is immediately applicable. Graduates say the experience transformed their treatment style and approach on many levels. A full body dissection is a rare educational opportunity that allows you to see and touch the structures that form (anatomy) the human body and understand how they function (physiology). The experience fundamentally changes your understanding of the human body.
If you find human anatomy dissection exhibits such as Body Worlds or BODIES fascinating, then you will feel comfortable in the dissection lab. I have been teaching dissection at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, in Tampa since 1993. One third of the students in each dissection seminar are prior graduates of the program; many have attended five to eight times. The seminars were initially designed for massage therapists, however, over the years students have included a variety of health care professions from Acupuncture Physicians that want to refine their needle placement and depth, to physical therapists, nutritionists and others that want to learn more about the human body.
Each seminar begins with a tribute to honor the exquisite souls who bequeathed (donated) their bodies to science. We hold a dedication to our "Silent Teachers" for the privilege of being their students. We commit to embrace the valuable knowledge they are about to teach us and to apply that knowledge to the benefit of our patients.
Next we palpate the boney landmarks and inspect the cadavers for scars and surgical incisions. Even when we identify a surgical site, we don't know the nature of the surgery until we look inside the body (Photo 2). Signs of coronary bypass surgery might be easy to identify, but until we start the dissection, we don't really know what the scar indicates. One thing you will realize quickly is that you don't have to be a doctor to spot pathology. As we dissect through the layers of the body we uncover: joint fusions, pleural adhesions, aneurysms, hernias, cirrhosis of the liver, heart bypass, pacemakers and much more. These insights bring a whole new awareness about the effects of disease on the body. This new level of understanding causes students to judge contraindications and treat patients with even more care and sensitivity. Another interesting part of the dissection process is identifying anomalies (Photo 3). Over the years, students have identified a cadaver missing an upper trapezius on one side, another had a levator scapula with accessory rib attachments, a third had muscles missing areas of fiber in the leg that were filled with fat, just to name a few.
Dissection allows students to better understand the effects of various surgical procedures. For example, during bypass surgery, the great saphenous vein is removed from the lower extremity. This is what causes the long scar on the medial side of a patient's thigh and leg. During a dissection seminar, you learn exactly what structure was removed and how deep it was embedded in the thigh and leg. You see how it was reattached and used for the coronary bypass surgery. You know exactly what tissues and systems of the body were affected during the operation and how the tissues healed. The dissection process allows you to see through both the doctor's eyes and the patient's body at the same time, giving you greater clarity and insight into treating your patients.
The percentage of health care providers who perform a human dissection during the course of their education is relatively low. Taking part in a dissection creates a special bond, or level of respect, among its participants in the medical community. Graduates report a new level of confidence personally and professionally after dissecting every structure of the body, layer by layer, from skin to bone (Photo 4). The ability to go into a dissection lab to see and touch the structures that form the human body is a rare experience. Initially students enter the dissection lab simply to gain a better understanding of the human body. However, they are all amazed at the positive impact their new knowledge had on every area of their life.
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