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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
Introducing Yourself to Your Client's Health Care Team
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
When patients experience pain, they instinctively touch the area that hurts. Since opening my clinic in 1992, one statement I hear on occasion from patients is "feel this bump, it was never there before." Sometimes they are right, the bump is abnormal and they must consult their doctor immediately.Other times, the patient is pointing to a bony landmark. I want to share a few practice building tips for educating your patients about their "bumps," which can then provide ways for you to introduce yourself to their health care team.
The foundation of my practice continues to be medical doctors referring patients for the treatment of myofascial pain in the head, neck and back. The pain usually originated from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, while performing a home improvement or work related activity. So, in my clinic, patients most commonly report the following bony landmarks as "never there before:"
Pain affects every area of a patient's life: physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, relationships at home and work, etc. Patients are scared and concerned about their pain. As health care providers, we must assume our patients do not know about bony landmarks or the structures that attach to them. This is a perfect opportunity to educate patients about form and function. To teach them about the roles bones and muscles play in providing structural support and movement.
I educate patients about bony landmarks using charts and models. I explain how and why bony landmarks form, why they might be tender after physical activity, stress or trauma and how we as health care providers use bony landmarks for postural analysis and other physical assessments. I also show the bony landmark on myself and on other people in the clinic. It is reassuring and comforting for the patient to understand the "bump" is normal and exists on everyone.
Some patients, when they are in pain, will see many different healthcare providers at one time. They will leave your clinic and drive directly to their chiropractor and or medical doctor. So, here is a simple and effective practice building tip. Write the name of the bony landmark with a note on the back of your business card and give it to the patient. For example "The External Occipital Protuberance is tender to palpation." You would be amazed how the patient will show your card to their doctors. This starts a conversation about your practice and the next thing you know, the doctor wants to meet you.
Patients are relying on you for guidance. It is important that you are familiar with normal human anatomy so you can identify abnormalities. Sometimes, the painful spot, is a "bump they have never felt before" and the patient is pushing into soft tissue, not a bony landmark and could cause potential harm. For example, if the spot is in the anterior neck region, running along the sternocliodmastiod muscle. The "bump" may not be the mastoid process, but a swollen lymph node or something more serious and the patient should be referred to a physician. The carotid sinus, body and vessels are in the same region and fatal circumstances could result from the patient randomly pushing deeply into the anterior neck.
Your knowledge of anatomy helps to protect your patients, improve assessment/treatment outcomes and build your practice by educating patients who then become raving fans. One unique way to learn about the skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, ligaments, vessels and other structures that compose the body is in an anatomy lab. Performing a human dissection is a unique opportunity to see, touch and learn about the body without any concern of causing harm. You can compare the same structure on multiple specimens of different gender, age, size, cause of death and occupation. You palpate diseased and normal organ tissue, examine surgical incisions to uncover pacemakers, artificial hips, or the rods, screws and connectors installed during a spinal fusion. You feel the elasticity, density, size and position of structures throughout the body like the spinal cord, heart, lungs, organs, etc. You leave the lab with a new level of confidence and knowledge that is integrated into your practice.
Be prepared when you here the words "feel this bump… it was never there before." If you laugh and make fun of the patient for pointing to a bony landmark, the odds of them scheduling follow-up treatments or referring others is very low. There is also the possibility you could identify an abnormality that ultimately saves their life. Apply your knowledge and turn the situation into a patient education and practice building opportunity.
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