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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Swimming: Enjoying Summer Fun in the Winter
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
Now that winter is here, most of us who live north of Missouri are preparing to spend more time indoors. Some of us - myself included - do this more reluctantly than others. During the winter, we need to be extra vigilant in finding creative ways to keep active.For instance, putting on our winter boots and going for a hike in the snow, or going ice skating with our children. It is so easy to get in exercise without even realizing it when it is warm outside: walking with friends or swimming in the pool with your kids.
As inch upon inch of snow piles up, I find myself reminiscing about sunny days, walks along the canal, the tropical smell of sun block and swimming pools. Speaking of swimming pools, this summer was particularly memorable because of the Olympics. Watching the victories of the "Fantastic Five" and our women's relay track team was thrilling. However, the most memorable moments for me happened in the pool as I, along with most other Americans, watched anxiously to see if Michael Phelps would make history and become the world's most decorated Olympic athlete. As I think back to the Olympic games of this past summer, I am reminded that even though we cannot bask in the summer sun while it's snowing, we can still head to the pool. Most gyms and YMCA's have indoor pools, so if you belong to one, why not use it?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the U.S. Swimming and water aerobics are also low-impact sports, making them very low risk for injury. The CDC goes on to list many other benefits of swimming and water-based exercises:
Getting into the pool and trying to swim might seem intimidating for those who have never learned proper technique, or who do not swim much. The good news is, swimming classes for adults are now more popular than ever (thanks in part to Michael Phelps). In addition, there is a wealth of information on the web regarding swimming techniques. In particular, I have found the instructional videos on YouTube helpful, as well as the articles and tips on the USA Swimming website.
If swimming laps in a pool does not pique your interest, consider water aerobics. For those who love aerobics or dancing, but have joints that don't, water exercise classes are an excellent alternative. Water aerobics now seem to be offered at gyms everywhere, and range from low to high intensity, and are offered in shallow or deep water. Flotation devices are used in the deep water programs, so one does not need to be an expert swimmer to participate in these. Zumba has started an Aqua Zumba series, for those looking for a fun, low-impact, high intensity form of exercise. There are even ability and age appropriate water exercise classes approved by the Arthritis Foundation and Silver Sneakers, the national fitness program designed for senior citizens.
There is something for everyone when it comes to exercising in a pool. Hopefully, the thought of going to a pool will motivate you to remain healthy during the winter. It is important for us to stay healthy and fit so we can serve our clients to the best of our abilities. Spending time in the water energizes our bodies and minds, even in the midst of winter. So if you start to feels some of those "seasonal" blues, grab your suit, towel and a change of clothes and dive in!
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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