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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.
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!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
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.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
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.
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.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
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.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
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.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
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.
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."
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
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.
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.
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.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Achilles Tendon and Foot Pain Caused by Tibialis Posterior
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
When patients report subjective complaints of posterior leg (calf) and sole (bottom) of foot pain when walking or running, especially on uneven surfaces, the symptoms are typically not isolated to one muscle.The tibialis posterior muscle is often involved and is the deepest muscle in the posterior compartment of the leg. Let's review the anatomy, myofascial trigger point location, pain referral patterns and a treatment technique for the tibialis posterior muscle.
The region between the knee and ankle is called the leg, it is divided into three compartments: anterior (front), lateral (side) and posterior (back). The posterior (flexor) compartment is the largest and contains seven muscles, which can be divided into a superficial and deep group. (Photo 1)
The superficial group includes gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris. The deep group includes tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus, flexor hallucis longus, and popliteus. (Photo 1)
The tibialis posterior muscle is positioned between the tibia and fibula. (Photo 2) Medially, it is covered by the flexor digitorum longus muscle and laterally by the flexor hallucis longus muscle. (Photo 3) These muscles influence the ankle and foot joints. The popliteus is also in the deep compartment, however, it affects the knee joint.
The tibialis posterior muscle attaches proximally to the tibia, fibula, adjoining interosseous membrane and the intermuscular septum. (Photo 2)
Distally, the tendon runs behind the medial malleolus to attach on the navicular, the calcaneus, the cuboid, three cuniform and the second through fourth metatarsals. (Photo 2)
When the tibialis posterior contracts, it produces inversion of the foot, with plantar flexion of the ankle joint. If the muscle is weak it contributes to pronation of the foot and a loss of support of the longitudinal arch. (Read Practice Building with Postural Analysis MT, January 2012.)
The fibularis (peronial) longus and bervis are main antagonists to the inversion action of the tibialis posterior.
Patients with myofascial trigger points in the tibialis posterior muscle report calf and foot pain when walking or running. The pain is more intense when walking of running on uneven brick or cobblestone surfaces, as the muscle contracts while producing inversion of the foot and plantar flexion of the ankle joint.
Active myofascial trigger points can typically be located in the proximal third of the tibialis posterior muscle. The referred pain is most intense in the achilles tendon and the sole of the foot. A spillover pain, felt to a lesser degree, is experience in the calf. (Photo 4)
Visual aids such as anatomical models and charts are great patient education tools to demonstrate the muscle layers, trigger point location and pain referral patterns prior to treatment. Show patients how your charts work and what they may expect if you palpate a trigger point. For example, in Photo 5, "X" indicates the common location of trigger points within the muscle. Solid red areas indicate an essential pain zone or area of pain experienced by every patient that had that trigger point activated during research studies. The red dots indicate spillover pain zones. These are areas of pain experienced by some, but not all, patients outside of the essential pain zones. (Read Getting In Our Patients Head MT, January 2011)
The patient's subjective complaints and your objective findings will determine the appropriate treatment techniques to integrate. Care for yourself while providing quality care for your patients by using proper body mechanics and adjusting the treatment table height accordingly. One goal during treatment is to reduce pain, not create it. Patient comfort should always be considered. Pillows and bolstering systems allow for a wide range of positioning options, with sections that adjust to various angles. Continually confirm with the patient during treatment that treatment pressure is comfortable. (Read Learning to Engage All The Senses MT, March 2012)
Whenever deep muscles require therapy the superficial tissues must first be properly released prior to treating deep structures. There are numerous techniques for treating the tibialis posterior muscle, this article will touch on only one.
Outline of the treatment technique:
Step 1 – First, shorten the superficial gastrocnemius and soleus muscles by positioning the patient prone with support like a bolster under the ankle to create knee flexion and plantar flexion of the foot. Apply oil or cream to posterior leg. (Photo 6)
Step 2 – Superficial Gliding. Start on the medial side of the calf. Using distal to proximal movements, from the ankle to the knee, treat in thumb width strips starting on the medial side and moving to the lateral side gliding over the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. (Photo 6)
Step 3 – Pincer Compression. Isolate and examine the bellies of the gastrocnemius and soleus utilizing pincer compression. Note, if your hands are slipping on the skin during this step, due to oil of cream on the skin, treat through a tissue or linen. (Photo 7)
Step 4 – Tibia and Fibula attachments. Glide distal to proximal on the posterior aspect of the fibula, then repeat the same on the posterior aspect of the fibula. Caution to avoid the common fibular nerve located between the skin and the fibular head. (Photo 8)
Step 6 – Release distal attachments in the foot. (Photo 10)
Symptoms of pain when walking or running in the calf and foot are typically not isolated to one muscle. The tibialis posterior is the deepest leg muscle and often involved. I hope this article provides you with empowering knowledge that can be applied immediately to your patients.
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