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Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
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 previous articles by Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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