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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!
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Help in Understanding Parkinson's Disease, Part 1
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
More people over the age of 60 are turning to massage therapy for self-care and to help ease symptoms associated with chronic ailments. If you have clientele in this age group, it's possible that you will eventually have a client who is living with Parkinson's disease (PD).It's estimated that at least 500,000 people are diagnosed in the United States. It's important to have at least a basic understanding about this disease, what to expect and how you can best serve your client. Here, I will offer an overview of PD and how it impacts daily functioning of the persons who have it.
What is Parkinson's disease?
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system. In other words, the symptoms of PD grow worse over a long period of time. PD is classified as a movement disorder. It's called Parkinson's disease because in 1817 a British physician named James Parkinson first described the symptoms. Such symptoms are caused when neurons in brain stem known as the substantia nigra die or degenerate. When functioning properly these neurons produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine carries signals between the substantia nigra to an area of the brain responsible for movement. When dopamine levels are depleted, impaired movement results. Other changes in the brain may occur as well, such as Lewy Bodies, an abnormal protein deposit that impairs cell function. It's not known what actually causes these neuron changes. Experts believe that genetics and exposure to environmental toxins are possible culprits.
Symptoms and Function
People who have PD experience a wide range of symptoms that affect people in many different ways. Here I'll focus on common movement symptoms and illustrate how these might affect a person's function in daily activities.
Early in the progression of PD these motor symptoms are considered classic.
As the disease progresses into advanced stages these symptoms emerge.
It's easy to see how a person with these movement impairments would have trouble with daily tasks. What was routine becomes a frustrating and time-consuming challenge. People with advanced PD need a great deal of assistance from caregivers for day-to-day activities and may even require nursing home care.
Treatment for PD typically consists of a combination of medications that help control symptoms and lifestyle changes. Some people have surgical interventions as well. Commonly prescribed medications decrease movement symptoms by increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain. One such drug is called Levodopa (L-dopa). Other drug therapies may be used for other symptoms such as depression, sleep disturbance and pain. Many of these drugs can cause severe side effects that negatively impact quality of life even further. Recommended lifestyle changes include diet modifications, regular exercise, balancing rest and activity, stress management and participation in a support group. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are commonly prescribed. Surgical interventions have been found to help manage symptoms in some people. One example is called deep brain stimulation where electrical stimulators are placed in the areas of the brain that control movement. Clinical trials for stem cell transplants are being studied.
I encourage you to take a look at these two short videos on Youtube to gain a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and how it impacts people's lives. This first video, is Joseph H. Friedman, MD, is chief of Butler Hospital's Movement Disorders Program and an international expert in Parkinson's disease (www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHDFQfmkKlg). The second video is called: A look into Parkinson's: what it is and how it affects the lives of my parents by Tommy Dimmel (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNlPYGuAAg).
In part II, I will explore how massage therapy can contribute an important approach in easing symptoms and improving quality of life for the person living with Parkinson's disease.
Click here for more information about Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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