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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Tips for the ADD and Dyslexic Therapist
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Many people, including healthcare providers, suffer with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and/or dyslexia. They should be happy to know their name is among a list of brilliant people like Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci.Often, during a session, suffers realize they have forgotten the patient's name, or if the pain was located on the right or the left shoulder. They get confused about which myofascial tissues to assess and treat. However, by having effective systems in place, suffers can avoid embarrassing situations and function at highly effective levels. Einstein and Da Vinci used illustrations to assess, document, review and communicate their findings. I would like to share numerous tips to keep you focused, on target and with the necessary information available in a picture format, so you are relaxed and able to let your gifted skills shine.
We can only receive, process and remember a limited amount of information at a time. Often, the number seven, plus or minus two, is our capacity limit for processing information. However, the reality is that during a session, you might need to remember, juggle, toggle and switch between seven or more things at any given moment about the patient, the treatment plan, the schedule, etc. Systems that utilize visual images are intuitive and easy to follow. A picture is worth a thousand words, making it a powerful aid for staying organized.
The location and description of the patient's pain can provide several clues. Have each patient complete a "Pain Form" before each session by writing their name, shading the areas of their body that hurt, adding descriptive modifiers like: A = Ache, P = Pain, S = Stabbing, etc. The intensity of the pain should also be rated on a scale of one to ten (1 = No pain and 10 = Extreme pain). Now you have the patient's subjective complaints in a visual format. Position this form so it can be seen and referenced, even at a distance, throughout the session.
It is easy to take photos and videos of your patients with your iPhone, smart phone, tablet or iPad to document their poor posture and gait. Why wouldn't you use this technology to educate your patients? It is not magic and no special software is needed, you simply take a picture of the patient's posture, zoom-in and show them the obvious problems. Just like an orthopedic surgeon, dentist or chiropractor uses x-rays to educate the patient and formulate a treatment plan, you can take postural analysis photos and explain your findings. This process also captures the patient's physical appearance, hairstyle and more, which can be very helpful, to jog your memory prior to follow up sessions.
Medical research of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) has identified the common TrP location(s) and pain referral pattern(s). You don't need to remember all the research, just be capable of referencing and applying that knowledge. On laminated wall or flip charts, use a wet erase marker to circle involved muscles based on the research. Now you have created a visual treatment plan to follow. Each muscle that needs to be assessed is circled and can be seen at a distance. Dictating or writing notes is very easy when you reference charts. Also, muscle movement charts are extremely helpful listing the normal degrees of joint range-of-motion and the muscles producing each movement throughout the body. This makes it easy to determine which muscles are causing the pain and/or limiting range-of-motion.
Even with attention deficit disorder and/or dyslexia you can stay focused during treatment. Like Einstein and Da Vinci, you can also use visuals to assess, document, review and communicate your findings. Please let me know how these systems worked for you. Good luck and I am curious to know how you adapted or modified these recommendations for your situation.
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