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Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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