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NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
July, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 07
Planting the Seed: Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
In March of 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, tearing open the earth and unleashing a 23 foot high wall of water that erased the ground below and destroying everything in its path.More than 15,000 people have been confirmed killed in the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast and damaged a nuclear plant, sending radiation into the surrounding environment. Many families are still homeless, and thousands are living in shelters.
Behind the smiling faces of thousands of children in shelters and orphanages, experts say there is often serious stress and anxiety as everything these children once held as normal, is suddenly not. The monsters that once scared them from under their beds have been replaced by the monstrous wrath of Mother Nature. We take for granted that the ground we walk on stays still, the water we swim in is calm and the air we breathe is safe. Children in Japan are concerned that the ground they play upon may shake, the water they swim in can morph into a wave of gargantuan size and the air they breathe might carry harmful radioactivity.
Many children in orphanages and shelters around the world may have food, clothing and basic care, but often they lack an essential ingredient for basic health and happiness — touch. Without it, children often feel discarded, forgotten and even untouchable, especially when their circumstances are complicated by the harmful effects of trauma. Children with trauma have significant emotional needs. Experience has shown that orphanages find it a challenge to meet the emotional and developmental needs of children, including personalized care and attention.
The long-term effects of not receiving safe, healthy and nurturing touch can have a huge impact on a child's stability for the future. Clinical research has shown that massaging a child can aid in their physiological and neurological development and function, help soothe common discomforts, promote restful sleep and increase healthy attachment and bonding. All of which are needed to encourage appropriate emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Volunteer pediatric massage therapist Wakako Kumagai's hometown of Yamagata, Japan, suffered in the earthquake. She lost many friends and members of her family. "Now it looks like everyone has gone back to everyday life," says Kumagai. "But, a friend of mine told me, that her child is still scared from a little shake of the elevator. Her baby cries and trembles at the sound of rain. I realized even several months after the earthquake, people still have trauma inside them. I want to do something to help these children."
Creating a Sustainable Impact
Children growing up in these circumstances are at great risk, but are also remarkably resilient. Children who are resilient typically have a number of characteristics that make this possible, including having a sense of purpose in life, confidence in one's ability to control any given situation, compassion for others, a belief in the fundamental goodness of people and the energy and resourcefulness to make things happen. With the support of very generous donors, including a Community Service Grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation, the Liddle Kidz Foundation visited Japan in November 2011, to bring nurturing touch and education to the tsunami survivors.
Throughout my time in Japan, volunteer massage therapists were trained to provide pediatric massage and nurturing touch to children in care settings. Additionally, this information was shared not only with children, but with their caregivers to create a sustainable impact. "Traditionally in Japan, people are not used to physical communication," says pediatric massage therapist Atsushi Kawashima. "So, people do not always know how to communicate using massage. Giving and receiving massage is essential for everyone. No matter where you work, or who you work with, physical communication through massage is something everyone needs."
Communication is important when working with any client. However, with children this becomes even more imperative. Touch is one of our very first forms of communication. So, we understand that this would be the sense we would use to make this important connection. When working with children who have been through traumatic events, it is crucial we take our time to make this connection, and help them to understand they have the right to choose to receive nurturing touch. Through pediatric massage and nurturing touch we can teach children they are valued, loved and not forgotten. All children have the fundamental right to receive compassionate and caring touch. It is through proper care and attention that we can most effectively impart programs that support the safe implementation of pediatric massage within shelter and orphanage settings. "From a seedling, soon we will see big leaves stretch out and eventually become a mighty tree," says volunteer massage therapist Tomoko Yamashida.
The Liddle Kidz Foundation will return to Japan in July 2012, to continue nurturing our seedling into a mighty tree of comfort for the Japanese people. View a mini-documentary of the Liddle Kidz Foundation work in Japan at www.YouTube.com/LiddleKidz.
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