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News in Brief
WFC Documents the Global Advance of Chiropractic; National to Conduct Study of Orthotics for Back Pain.
Studies: Acupuncture Effective For Depression
Many people suffering from depression can find a natural and effective way to treat their symptoms with acupuncture, according to the latest study.
Breathing Techniques To Resolve Patient Issues
When a patient of mine who has practiced yoga for nearly 30 years, told me that she was experiencing panic attacks, I was surprised. "After so many years of training, can't you turn them off?" I asked. "I do turn them off, but only temporarily," she replied.
Cervical Compression and the Lower Back
When a patient presents with lower back pain, we expect to see some amount of antalgic lean. It is understood that this lean is both a conscious and reflexive protective mechanism of the body to reduce the pain and prevent more irritation in the back.
Informed Consent and Your Practice (Pt. 1)
Earlier this year, The Back Letter gave extensive coverage to an article by Dagenais, et al., in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on informed consent in the chiropractic profession, calling it "perhaps the best article ever written on informed consent for low back pain."
German Auricular Acupuncture: Effective For Your Patients
Auricular medicine as developed by Western medical doctors in Europe is a complete modality of diagnosis and treatment. Unlike body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture is treating the central nervous system rather than meridians.
Partnerships Leverage Power for Our Profession
While there are many recognized benefits and advantages to developing partnerships between organizations, the main reason why partnerships are established is relatively simple: There is added value in working together for a common cause or purpose.
Facial Rejuvenation: The Key to Exceptional Results
Acupuncturists make the best detectives. I know this first hand because I'm an acupuncturist and a private investigator and in both professions, there is a need to dig deep to solve the mystery.
Acupuncture & Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
One of the most rapidly changing areas of healthcare is that of addiction medicine. Advances in brain imaging technology have allowed doctors and scientists to understand addiction, and recovery from addictive disorders, at the level of the individual neuron in the brain.
B Vitamins May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
A study published in the July 2013 issue of the AJCN provides additional evidence suggesting higher nutritional status of certain B vitamins may be important in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Continuing Education Showdown: Online Learning vs. In-Person Seminars
Many state TCM and acupuncture regulatory bodies and associations are interfering with the success of their members by limiting the number of continuing education credit hours they can earn online.
Give the Gift of Change
As human beings, we are blessed with something remarkable that we generally take for granted: the gift of conversation.
The Shoulder Girdle's Importance to the Cervical Spine
The shoulder girdle consists of three bones: the clavicle, scapula and humerus. It is suspended at its posterior margins from the cervical and thoracic spine by the trapezius muscles, levator scapula, rhomboid, serratus and latissimus dorsi.
Managing a High Protein Diet
One of the most common clinical presentations in today's clinic is patients following a high protein diet. It seems that every year a new version of a high protein diet appears promising weight loss and physical transformation.
Where to Adjust: Best / Worst Tests
Wondering which methods are best (and worst) suited for determining the appropriate manipulation site?
Acupuncture In Haiti: Aid that Works
I recently returned from Haiti. So many people ask whether Haiti has recovered since the earthquake of January, 2010. Once you've been to Haiti, you would never ask that question. It doesn't make any sense.
PCOM Symposium Celebrates 25 Years
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners and students, as well as providers representing various other health care disciplines, flocked to San Diego's Catamaran Resort Hotel to attend the PCOM Annual Symposium on Oct. 24-27.
Electric Qigong: An Ancient Therapy Evolves
Recently in a small, dimly lit treatment room in downtown Taipei, Wesley Chen instructed his patient to lie down. A frayed wire, which he wrapped around a small piece of metal, is now plugged in.
How to Enhance Exercise Rehab With Manipulation and Soft-Tissue Therapy
As chiropractors, we are in a unique position to use our manual therapy techniques to facilitate exercise rehabilitation.
Acupuncture: The Key and Future of High Sports Performance
Acupuncture is commonly utilized in the intervention of pain and has also been gaining popularity in sports medicine. Athletes are treated with acupuncture for the relief of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and tendonitis.
Dedicated to Excellence
For 27 years, Horace C. Elliott, executive vice president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, has set new standards of excellence for chiropractic licensure and testing.
Peer Points: In The Business of Herbs
When it comes to herbs, acupuncturist Cathy Margolin wants her patients and customers to know she is the expert they need. In order to do this, Margolin has studied the marketplace and incorporated key business lessons to build an herbal company that sells and markets herbs to the masses who may be skeptics.
Thrive in 2014: Five Habits to Start Cultivating Now
The entire health care system is once again – or perhaps I should say still – in a state of flux, and our profession is not immune to the brouhaha.
Treating CTS and Wrist Tendinitis of Myofasial Origin
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common and most clinically significant of all nerve entrapment syndromes, present in 2.7 percent of the adult population.
Acupuncture Today Continues To See Unprecedented Growth
For the past decade, the profession has seen steady growth in stature with legislators and the general public. The growing presence of the profession has been directly reflected in the growth of our publication.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Following a Road Less Traveled
Finding the cause of chronic shoulder pain where you least expect it.
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What do you think a shoulder injury, breast augmentation, lymphatic system, mammograms and orthopedic assessments have in common? A road less traveled would be the answer.I never dreamed when I added another tool to my tool box of Manual Lymphatic Drainage that it would lead me down a path to help thousands of women and, specifically, my very best friend. The information I am about to relay to you will not only help you be aware in your every day practice, but will hopefully bring about a global warming effect to the importance we can play in a women's life.
The Shoulder Injury
My dear friend is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, egoscue practioner, and a gyrotonics trainer. She is also one of the healthiest people I know, but she was suffering from a should injury that just would not heal. The injury was caused by slipping off of a stability ball while performing a tricep dip. Being a trainer, she immediately iced, took arnica and rested. She went to see her chiropractor and naturopath for additional help and examination. After doing three to four months of exercises for shoulder rehabilitation, she still lacked complete range of motion and there was an ongoing dull, nagging pain.
She began thinking there must be a myofascial component to the injury, so she made an appointment to come see me. I performed ROM and manual muscle testing to the shoulder joint. I found loss of flexion by 10 degrees, loss of external ROM by 20 degrees, a positive impingement sign and some weakness to supraspinatus and infraspinatus (indication of a possible partial tear). Based on these assessments, I suggested making an appointment with an orthopedist, to hopefully get a MRI done so the rehabilitation process has a complete picture and nobody is guessing. This wasn't the route she wanted to take. She wanted to try some soft tissue work first and continue the shoulder rehabilitation exercises. I explained that in four visits or less we would know if massage therapy, combined with her doing her own physical therapy, would help. In two weeks, there was improvement happening with the range of motion, but there was still this dull pain.
Anytime I see a patient, in the back of my mind is always Hilton's Law. Hilton's Law as espoused by John Hilton in a series of medical lectures given in 1860-1862, is the observation that the study of anatomy often finds that a nerve that innervates a joint also tends to innervate the muscles that move the joint and the skin that covers the distal attachments of those muscles. Not ready for the traditional medical route, she sought more chiropractors care. He adjusted the shoulder and rib cage which made her pain increase, reduced her range of motion, and now she had a burning in the sternum. Be sure to read on because it wasn't his technique that was the problem. She was in so much pain from the adjustment that she came back to see me to try to calm down the symptoms and now there was a palpable place along her sternum that was mobile and felt like a piece of calcium. I performed again the orthopedic assessments to determine where we were from the last time I saw her, and this time in addition to loss of external range of motion, there was an audible clicking sound (possible labrum tear). I begged her to go seek out an orthopedist's opinion and possible MRI. She ignored me yet again and another couple of months went by with her still in the same place.
Here is where the breast augmentation comes in. Another symptom appeared in her opposite breast from the shoulder problem. The right breast had begun to sag and take on an odd appearance. This finally forced her into seeking out medical care in the form of a plastic surgeon. He did an ultrasound and found that both breast implants had ruptured and had been leaking for what appeared to be a very a long time. This contributed to the underlying cause of why she could not heal. The surgeon found tremendous calcification in the chest wall underneath her breast, which had to be scrapped in order to add a new implant. If a woman's silicone gel implant ruptures, it might feel less full or flatter, and may bulge where the rupture is. This can be accompanied with pain or tenderness, swelling, numbness, burning or tingling. Her implants had been in for more than 23 years.
He put new implants back in and sent her home to rest. The right breast did fine, but the left breast stayed swollen. After one MLD session, the breast immediately became softer. Her surgeon was impressed and told her to continue the MLD. In the meantime, she went back to work and when I saw her on the next visit, her breast was back to square one swollen and uncomfortable. Red Flag! She also didn't feel well and was experiencing flu-like symptoms and her axillary lymph nodes were swollen and tender to touch. Another Red Flag! Lymphatic overload. Another trip back to the doctor and he had to remove the implant because the underlying tissue was just not healing. She will get the implant eventually, but not until the chest wall has time to heal. I can report finally that without the implant, she is back to her usual good state of health.
What a lymph node does is filter the lymph and fight infection and in which lymphocytes, monocytes and plasma cells are formed. Most lymphatic nodes are clustered in areas such as the mouth, the neck, the lower arm, the axilla and the groin. The lymphatic network and nodes of the breast are especially crucial in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The suspected mechanisms of breast-implant rupture are:
What to watch out for and how you can contribute to patient education:
And finally, remember Benjamin Franklin's great quote: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
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