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Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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