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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
Dissection: A Unique Way to Learn
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Our massage clients include a wide variety of body types, sizes, ages and genders. Many have undergone surgeries, some structures have been removed, repaired or replaced. They have been diagnosed with problems in the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, lymphatic, digestive and/or nervous systems.Have you ever thought it would be beneficial to see and touch the muscles, nerves, organs and bones? Compare diseased to normal organ tissue? Examine the same structure on multiple specimens? Did know this type of learning opportunity has existed for massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, personal trainers and others since 1993? The 2013 class will represent twenty years of these professions performing full body dissections at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.
Each class begins with a dedication to our "Silent Teachers" for the privilege of being their students. They donated (bequeathed) their bodies to this program and we acknowledge, respect, thank and honor their souls. We commit to embrace the valuable knowledge they are about to teach us and to apply that knowledge to the benefit of our patients.
Very limited information is received about each cadaver and only includes: gender, sex, age, cause of death and occupation. We start by palpating boney landmarks and inspecting the cadavers for scars and surgical incisions.
Students are grouped in teams of seven. Together, they will dissect an entire body, superficial to deep, layer-by-layer, skin to bone. Their dissection exploration will also include the spinal cord, heart, lungs, organs, joints and the cranium.
As students dissect, their understanding, confidence and clinical application of knowledge grows. Can you think of a better way to learn about the skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, ligaments, vessels and other structures that compose the body? This type of study will clarify your understanding of the anatomy and eliminate any misperceptions that might exist.
Irregularities or deviations from the norm are discovered throughout each class. Examples include a unilateral sternocleidomastoid with four divisions, two sternal and two clavicular. Other examples include an upper trapezius muscle that did not exist on one side or adhesions throughout the body, arthritic joints, swollen lymph nodes and cancerous growths.
During class we remove a portion of the carotid artery and cut and peel away the arterial wall to expose a tubular structure that looks like a drinking straw formed by atherosclerotic plaque. Palpating this structure in a living person when treating in the anterolateral neck could cause a piece of plaque to break loose, producing a stroke. In the anatomy lab, students can palpate these structure without harm whiling clarifying its position to the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This level of education helps the students better understand the effects their treatments can have on the body.
It is common for students to uncover pacemakers, artificial hips, knees, shoulders and intervertebral discs. They examine the rods, screws and connectors used for a spinal fusion.
We also enter the cranium and vertebral column exposing the dura mater, arachnoid mater, the brain, spinal cord and cauda equine. Students open each joint throughout the body. In the knee, they examine articular cartilage, each meniscus, the cruciate and other ligaments. In the wrist, we investigate the carpel bones and the tunnel they form. The tendons and medium nerve that past through the carpel tunnel and the clinical significance created from swelling, infections, surgeries and/or trauma to the wrist. At least one cadaver in each class has undergone coronary bypass surgery. We palpate the metal wires that were used during the surgery to reconnect the sternum that was cut in half. We open the chest to see the lungs cradling the heart. We remove the lungs and inspect coronary bypass repair from every angle.
During an acupuncture treatment, the depth of needle insertion into the body is determined by multiple factors including the nature of the patient's condition, their age, size, etc. Acupuncturists check the accuracy of their needle placement by inserting them into the cadaver prior to starting the dissection.
Books, videos, computer programs, anatomical charts and models are all helpful aids in learning about the human body. Performing a dissection is a unique opportunity and you leave the lab with a new level of confidence and knowledge in your skills. Graduates have a clear understanding of the interconnection of the structures that form the body and how they function. Dissection allows students to feel the elasticity, density, size and position of structures throughout the body. While performing a full body dissection is not part of our standard curriculum, the opportunity is definitely available.
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