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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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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