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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!
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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.).
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
It's Time to Spring Into Action
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
I've noticed a familiar drip, drip, drip sound coming from my patio this week that is putting a smile on my face. It is the sound of snow and ice slowly, but surely, melting off the roof and dripping down the gutter.Even though the last couple of winters have been more mild than usual in the Midwest, I still find myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring in March. While I enjoy the snow after it first falls, it always seems to turn into a slushy, dirty mess after a couple of days. Which makes it unpleasant to walk in, hike in, or simply get from my car into a building - especially when carrying a table. The disappearance of snow and the dirty snow piles makes it much easier for me to get outside on a regular basis. Since spring is now just around the corner, it is a perfect time to come out of hibernation and re-convene with nature.
Of course, we have all heard that it is good for us to spend time outside. The fact that sunlight touching human skin creates the most absorbable form of vitamin D available is a powerful testament to the importance of spending time outdoors. But, how often do you really get outside? I believe the answer to this question varies greatly depending on where people live and what their lifestyle is like. While some may be spending an abundance of time outside, my guess is that for the majority of us, there is room for improvement.
I know we all lead busy lives, but getting quality "nature" time every week is really important. There are a plethora of reasons to get outside on a regular basis - indeed, entire books have been written on the subject. Let me share with you just a few I came across. Hopefully, one or more of them will pique your interest and motivate you to spend some more time outdoors.
"Time-Out" For Adults
If your business is near a park or a quiet street, use a break in between clients to step outside for 10 minutes, and either sit on a bench or take a brief walk. If you are located near a busy street, or in a large city, I would recommend taking a brief walk with headphones and your favorite music. I, personally, would not find it relaxing to sit on a bench in the middle of Chicago. Try to forget about the phone, TV, Internet, to-do lists and family obligations for just 10 minutes. Getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge our body and mind. This is so important to us as practitioners!
Feed Your Brain
In a 2008 study, researchers at the University of Michigan found memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 percent after people spent an hour interacting with nature. We now live in a world of instant gratification and more people seem to have attention spans that are drifting in 10 directions at once. No doubt, we could all benefit from improving our ability to concentrate and remember things.
Invite New Things Into Your Life
When you leave the confines of your office or home, you enter a whole new environment, filled with new sights, sounds, smells, textures and people. By visiting a park or walking around the neighborhood, you can make new connections with people that would have never been possible. When you visit the same place at roughly the same time, you will probably start to recognize some of the faces you come across. Who knows what that might lead to: an interesting friendship or possibly a new client.
As the weather warms and the sights, sounds and smells of Spring begin to appear, I hope you will take advantage of at least one of these reasons and get outside. You, and your clients, will be glad you did.
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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