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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
A Tale of Three Dance Books
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
"There are three steps you have to complete to become a professional dancer: learn to dance, learn to perform and learn how to cope with injuries." – D. Gere, 1992.
Kinesiology comes literally from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and logos (a story, speech, or study); thus, the study of movement, particularly movement of the human body.When I look for books about kinesiology, I want to see a fair emphasis of content about movement along with the more static information on specific muscles, attachments and structure. What I'm highlighting in this month's column are three books, one more basic, one that extends into details and one that touches on spatial awareness in how we move. Interestingly, all three books have a background in dance.
The more basic book is Blandine Calais-Germain's, Anatomy of Movement. As the title suggests, its focus is on anatomy. Yet, written by a dancer, it is not your standard anatomy text. Filled with numerous line-drawings, it details muscles and the movements they create. One feature I especially like is that it depicts anatomy with the human body not in standard anatomical position, allowing the reader to gain a better perspective of the body and muscles as they are used.
Moving to a more detailed text with substantial kinesiology, Karen Clippinger provides a presentation that is both elegant and concise in Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology. The chapters on specific areas of the body are comprehensive, covering the muscles, movements, common injuries, some assessment tests and exercises for strength and flexibility. They are illustrated with good quality black and white photos and drawings. It is the general chapters that have gained my greatest appreciation.
The opening chapter on the skeletal system is a thorough introduction to types of joints, types of attachments, planes of movement and terminology for all of the above. A lot of the information is summarized concisely in tables. Beyond this, there are discussions of joint stability and mobility, closed and open kinematic chains, and degrees of freedom of joints.
The following chapter on the muscular system includes a clear presentation of a visco-elastic model of tissue properties, including components both in parallel and in serial with the contractile component of a muscle. There's a good discussion of types of muscle contractions: dynamic, isometric, concentric and eccentric. There's good coverage of types of levers and of mechanical advantage. The various roles a muscle can play are pointed out: agonist, antagonist, synergist, stabilizers and force couples. Finally (but not exhaustively), there's discussion of the line of pull of a muscle and of deducing muscle actions from the attachments. I greatly prefer this approach to simply having students memorize all three of both attachments and the action without understanding the relationship between them.
In the final chapter, Clippinger returns to the whole body after covering specific areas. Now it's time for anatomical movement analysis, discussion of posture and covering gait analysis. It's a moving conclusion to a thorough and very readable text.
The third book I want to review is Constance Schrader's, A Sense of Dance, which was written to be an introduction to use of your body for movement and, in particular, dance. As such an introduction, it looks both at people having cultural and family "home bases" of movement patterns and at characterizing movement in terms of time, space and effort. Time includes concepts of tempo, beat and rhythm. A person's relationship to the surrounding space includes vertical level, shape, direction, dimension (relative size), perspective and focus. It also includes the four interpersonal spaces which we use to structure our lives: intimate, personal, social and distant. The concept of effort can be characterized as involving energy, ease, motivation and struggle against resistance. As an instructor primarily of sports and deep tissue massage, focusing on alleviating restrictions of movement and facilitating ease of movement, Schrader's writing has given me tools to analyze what I see, both physically and from the perspective of a psychology of movement.
To complete the tale, all three of these books provide high value of content in a very practical format. I've enjoyed all three and drawn from all of them in my teaching. As those from a culture of substantial understatement would say, you could do worse.
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