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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.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
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.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
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.
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.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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!
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.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
The Rewards of Working with Dementia Patients
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
I'm a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college as an occupational therapy student in the 1970's, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin.I loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. I loved that, too. I spent ten years working in a rehabilitation center for people with traumatic brain injuries. I really loved that! Then I started working in nursing homes and began to learn about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Fast forward to the present time and my favorite work is sessions with people with advanced dementia and teaching massage therapists and other professional caregivers how they do it, too. As our population ages, we will see greater numbers of people with cognitive impairment. Did you know that of people over the age of 85, about half have some degree of dementia? This is an issue that will affect almost all of us personally or professionally.
Geek that I am, I like finding a new piece to the puzzle of dementia and the inner world of people living with it. One piece I'd like to share with you is that not all dementia is the same. What follows is a description of the most common forms of dementia and the conditions that create it. Dementia is a general term meaning loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It's important to understand that no two people are alike when it comes to dementia, even if the diagnosis is the same.
Alzheimer's disease (AD)
This is the most common type of dementia and accounts for about 60 percent of cases. AD is a progressive, degenerative disease that results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior reducing the ability to perform routine activities; common symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion, difficulty in communicating, disorientation in time and place, mood swings, restlessness, sleeplessness, behavioral disturbances, personality changes and perceptual motor problems. Abnormal structures called plaques and tangles are prime suspects in damaging and killing nerve cells, leading to brain atrophy. Plaques and tangles are deposits of protein fragments that bind together over time. Experts believe they play a critical role in blocking communication among nerve cells and disrupting processes that cells need to survive.
It's the destruction of nerve cells that causes symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. If AD is diagnosed prior to age 65, it is considered early onset. The course of the disease is similar as described above. Researchers have identified a possible genetic or familial link in people who develop the disease in their 40's or 50's. Early onset AD is relatively uncommon.
Vascular dementia is the second most common. It's caused by decreased blood flow to parts of the brain, depriving cells of nutrients needed to live. Onset can be sudden following a cerebral vascular accident (stroke). In others, onset is more stepwise. This happens when the person has a series of small strokes, known as transient ischemic attacks. Unique symptoms may include emotional outbursts and weakness in one or more extremities.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is progressive and caused by abnormal protein structures in the brain called Lewy bodies. Symptoms are similar to AD, except that visual hallucinations and paranoia is a unique feature. People with LBD have symptoms very much like Parkinson's Disease including muscle rigidity and tremors and stooped posture. LBD is the third most common form of dementia.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is caused by cell degeneration and tissue shrinking in the brain's frontal or temporal lobes, which control functions of personality, behavior and language. Symptoms vary, depending upon the portion of the brain affected. Some people with FTD have dramatic personality changes and social behavior is inappropriate and impulsive while others lose language abilities. Most people diagnosed with FTD are in their 50's or 60's.
Dementia is a growing concern in healthcare, our communities and families. Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our comfort level to serve this special population. My next article will explore how focused touch and sensitive massage can improve the quality of life for both the person living with the disease and their care partners. Until then, take good care.
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