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What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Tissue Density Restoration Massage for Plantar Fascitis
By Linda LePelley, RN, NMT
Plantar Fasciitis (PF), is a painful condition of the connective tissue of the bottom of the foot. While its etiology is not well understood, its symptoms are easily recognizable; acute pain upon walking after a period of immobility, which then dissipates, only to return again after extended use.
I have had the opportunity to treat many cases of PF with very good results using Tissue Density Restoration (TDR) Massage, which is based on the theory that there is an elevation of tissue density associated with musculoskeletal pain; and the belief that by restoring the density to normal, pain is relieved and function restored. I approach foot pain by focusing on the painful areas of elevated tissue density (ETD).
All tissues have a normal density and in the incidence of it becoming denser than it should be, it is often accompanied by pain. The etiology of ETD is a matter that I myself, not being a research scientist, can only guess about and hope that one day it is determined, which may provide the path to prevention. Until then, I focus my work on identifying ETD and restoring it to normal density, eradicating the pain in the process.
You will need warm towels, a heating pad, a massage cream with excellent glide, a couple of dry washcloths and a large, pink eraser. Explain to your client that you need them to let you know if their pain level becomes greater than a three on the 1/10 pain scale. You don't want to elicit a pain response that may worsen the condition and there is just no benefit or need to inflict pain. TDR massage takes about 45 minutes per area of concentration to affect a change in density, so if you are working on bilateral PF, you will want to schedule at least an hour and a half.
Prepare the feet for treatment with a warm foot soak, if available, then wrap in warm towels and work over a moderately warm heating pad unless your client is a diabetic, in which case the heating pad should be avoided. The whole point being that you want the feet warm, relaxed and as naturally soft and pliable as they can be. While working on one foot, keep the other wrapped warmly.
Warm massage cream in your hands and apply it to the foot. Massage the entire foot for several minutes to increase circulation and warmth, and especially to soften the tissues, engaging the foot with the full palmar surface of both hands and fingers, pressing and squeezing, moving the tissues of the toes, ball, arch and heel as if you are trying to stroke the surfaces of the underlying bones. Press firmly with the base of your palm into the heel and bottom of the foot, hold that pressure a moment, then release and repeat several times, to encourage circulation into the deepest layers of tissues in the foot. Do the same for each toe, grasping and rolling them so that all sides are manipulated. Take the foot in both hands, grasp the sides and with the joint of the big toe in one hand and the lateral side in the other, gently roll the foot back and forth, encouraging movement between the metatarsals. Once the foot is sufficiently warm, and has become relaxed, begin to look for the areas of ETD. Your clients will be able to direct you, if needed, to the area that is hurting.
As you focus in on the specific spots that are affected (they hurt), you will be able to palpate ridges and areas that are more firm than their surroundings. Areas of ETD can often feel as if a layer of candle wax has been melted over the bones and under the skin. As you continue to massage the entire area, the more normal tissues will soften first, making the areas of ETD more palpable and apparent. They often have a rubbery, "gristly" feel. These are the most tenacious tissues and they take the most effort to restore. This is where the large, pink eraser comes in handy. Use it to press into the firm, rubbery tissue, massaging in small circles. Have your client direct you to the spots that are the most painful and work on them first. You will likely notice that as the areas clear up, the pain shifts to adjacent spots. Every five minutes or so go back to massaging the entire foot for several strokes, and use a dry washcloth to vigorously rub the whole surface of the top and bottom of the foot to stimulate and keep the tissues moving, and maintain overall warmth.
As the affected tissues soften and become more pliable, you will be able to increase the pressure and movement without causing additional pain. If there is a heel spur involved, gently use the eraser to move the tissue around over the spur. It can take quite a bit of time for it to reduce and fade away, but the relief that brings is well worth the effort.
My clients with PF usually need six to eight treatments to clear the problem up, sometimes a few more, and sometimes in just a couple of treatments. By creating diagrams depicting the areas you worked on and cleared, with before and after measurements of the size and locations of dense tissues with descriptions of texture, quality and clients input regarding pain levels, you will have helpful indicators of the progress you have made. They are also the documentation you need to share your results with other members of the health care team.
As you become familiar with the feel of ETD, you will notice additional areas that are affected. Your client will often say they hadn't realized it hurt and sometimes it doesn't hurt at all. If it doesn't hurt, leave it alone for the time being. Make a note of its location after the treatment and suggest to your client that you work on it once the painful areas have been restored as a part of maintenance and to prevent future pain and dysfunction.
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