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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
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 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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda LePelley, RN, NMT is a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist with 19 years of clinical massage experience. She developed Tissue Density Restoration (TDR) Massage, an effective treatment for the pain found in hyper-dense tissues. For more information, visit www.MyHealingHands.com.
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