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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Dealing with Painful Foot Injuries, Part 1
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Karen Ball, LMT
Are you or your clients tired of living with painful feet? The foot is a complex mechanical genius, with 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. Our feet are our trusty servants, providing a foundation upon which to "take a stand" and move forward in life.Whether taking a leisurely stroll or pounding the pavement in a competitive race, they adjust instantly to support our every move.
But most of us tend to take our feet for granted, and rarely give them the time of day — until they hurt, that is. And hurt they will, if neglected. According to a report issued earlier this year by Harvard Health Publications, there are at least 300 different types of foot problems, and three out of four Americans will suffer some kind of foot ailment in their life.
Feet hurt for many reasons, from poor alignment, weakness and fatigue to injury and disease. Let's consider the most common injuries that occur in this area of the body. In part two, we'll go on to discuss general self-care principles and a reflexology protocol designed to help soothe and restore ailing feet.
Localized Damage: Common Foot Injuries
The most common injuries affecting the foot region are ankle sprains, muscle strains and tendon injuries. Here is a quick guide to several specific structures that often cause pain, organized by the location in which the pain is felt.
Lateral ankle: Pain felt on the lateral aspect of the ankle, and accompanied by a bit of swelling, typically indicates a sprain of one of three ligaments. Most commonly injured is the anterior talofibular ligament, toward the anterior ankle. Second most common is the calcaneofibular ligament, right under the lateral malleolus. Last is the posterior talofibular ligament, located toward the back of the lateral ankle.
Medial ankle: On the medial side of the ankle are the deltoid ligaments. They are more commonly sprained in older individuals, but we've treated these injuries in many young people as well. There are four separate deltoid ligaments, the most anterior structure is right under the tibialis anterior tendon, and the other three work their way around the medial ankle toward the heel.
Dorsal foot: If the dorsal aspect of the foot is painful during walking, this suggests an injury to the extensor tendons of the toes or to the interosseous muscles, which are located between the metatarsals and serve to stabilize the foot.
Plantar surface: When pain is felt on the plantar surface of the foot — especially at the anterior portion of the calcaneus — the most likely suspect is either the plantar fascia or, if the pain is deep, the plantar ligament. These are among the nastiest of all foot injuries because they take a long time to heal.
The only way to definitively identify a soft-tissue injury in the foot — or anywhere else in the body — is to do an assessment. Only then can you determine what type of treatment(s) might be useful, for example massage, friction therapy, manipulation, cranial work, injection therapy or surgery.
Be sure to get a consultation with a physician as well. Many diseases, including Raynaud's, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and gonorrhea can cause swollen, painful feet. For sore feet that are not associated with a serious injury or disease condition, a combination of basic self-care and targeted reflexology techniques can often provide great relief. We will address those options in our next article.
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Karen Ball, LMT, Certified Reflexologist and Aromatherapist has been working as a manual therapist since 1983. Through the Academy of Ancient Reflexology, Karen offers the 315-hour Therapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification, and a growing roster of weekend workshops and classes in conventional reflexology, Thai reflexology and allied subjects. For more information, visit www.academyofancientreflexology.com.
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