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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.
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.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Familiar Client, Fresh Perspective
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
The following is an example of a true story about one client's journey through treatment and how easy it can be to ignore valuable signs and information when something is out of balance and needs medical attention.We are always glad when a client has given us their trust and continues a long term relationship with us. We strive to maintain a good, solid, profitable aand reputable practice. Pose to yourself this question: do I keep an objective eye on each visit even after 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of the same client? To help keep you doing just that, let's discuss the important pieces of information that are beneficial. In addition, we will also explore applied kinesiology as a worthwhile assessment tool.
Client Case Study
The weekly relaxation client came in complaining of back pain. She explains, "it is a gnawing, nagging, dull ache that seems to have taken up home in my back." Well that sound's typical of this client because she is a young mother. Since beginning with you, she has changed jobs and added two children to the mix. You give her back more attention and try some different modalities to address the issue and she leaves feeling better and certainly refreshed. But the problem begins when she comes in week after week and the pain doesn't seem to be resolving. Some weeks the complaint of pain didn't seem so bad and she gave the impression the massage was helping. Again, the trouble is that the complaint is not really changing only the fact that she is dealing with it. You rationalize that she must be under so much stress it is making the back pain worse. You do take notice that it seems like the complaint has been going on for several weeks.
You decide on the next visit to do a structural assessment of the low back and her pelvis. The findings indicate the pelvis to be a little anteriorly rotated. You address the issue and she leaves feeling better however she comes back again the following week with the same complaint. So, you make a referral to a chiropractor. He thinks the issue is not enough deep tissue work. He suggests another therapist to address the knots in her lumbar region, but nothing is completely helping. Now, the question becomes how long do you watch this pattern continue?
You decide the next visit to use applied kinesiology. Using the assessment, you find that the back pain indicates some energy disruption around her female organs. She has had a past history of fibroid tumors in her ovaries but it was a long time ago when she filled out any health history form so you don't remember this valuable piece of information. This is a missed opportunity to correlate your new findings with her past history. You lightly mention that your assessment indicates there is something disrupting the energy flow around her female organs. She is not knowledgeable of what that really means. So she doesn't remind you of her past history with fibroids. You don't push the issue for her to see another medical professional because at times she seems to get better.
She comes in the next week and you try a different modality thinking that maybe this one is the missing piece. No need to do the applied kinesiology assessment again because you are sure it must be something musculoskeletal out of balance. The issue goes unresolved for more than 6 months. Finally, in desperation, she went to a medical doctor and they did a series of tests and found a cantaloupe size tumor around her ovary. Everyone who treated her was well intentioned, but somehow missed that this time her back pain was something more than her usual chronic back pain.
How To Avoid This Mistake
A health history form should be updated on a regular basis. This keeps your objectivity and helps you avoid becoming too accustomed with the client. The new complaint was not treated like a new client. After filling out a new health history form, the client should have had a structural assessment, as well as an applied kinesiology assessment to look for functional imbalances.
An assessment at every visit should have been done. When the findings of the assessment are not changing, that lets you know whatever modality of therapy you have chosen is not resolving the issue. Refer out.
Correlating a health history form and an evaluation is important in case the pathology you find would need another medical professional involved and requires a referral. If the pain doesn't go away and the assessment doesn't change over two to four weeks tops, refer out. Don't keep treating, we are only a part of the process.
Whether you have a long standing practice or want to develop one, there is extreme importance of keeping a fresh perspective on the clients you treat. People's bodies are always changing and it seems these days at rapid rates. The longer you have a regular client, the higher the percentage that something in their body can and will change. Assuming their new pain complaint is old stuff that has just resurfaced can be dangerous for you and the client. Have you ever studied a sunrise or a sunset, it happens every day but it is never the same. Your objectivity of the client coming in week after week should be a similar point of view. The client shows up at the same time every week, but they are not the same cellular structure they were the week before. Physically, mentally and chemically they are a different human being than their last visit with you. Doing some form of an assessment each visit reassures your dedication to accuracy and helps keep you alert to a new symptom or new problem. The other dangerous thing here is losing your objectivity to the findings. When the pain doesn't go away and the assessment never gets better STOP the insanity. There is something wrong that may need more medical attention.
As the preacher completed his sermon, the other preacher listened closely. He found it odd that for the third week in a row the preacher was giving the same sermon. So he asked him, why didn't you give a new message this week, you gave that same message last week and the week before. "Good question, glad you asked" It is because even though everyone heard the message, only some people acted on it and changed while other people are still doing the same things. When the congregation not only hears the message, but acts on it, I will quit giving the same message.
We all know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is what we can become guilty of if we become too familiar with our clients and don't take a fresh view point each and every time they walk into the room. When is the last time you had your clients fill out a new health history form? When is the last time you did a structural and functional assessment on your clients? You don't have to make it complicated. Just tell yourself this is a NEW complaint, so this is virtually a NEW client. What would you do with a new client? Follow that same protocol and start with a fresh health history form, a fresh assessment, see if anything correlates with their past history, listen closely to see if things are really getting better or remaining the same and make a referral if necessary. When in doubt always refer out.
Applied Kinesiology was developed in the mid 1960's by Dr. George Goodheart, a second generation chiropractic physician from Detroit. Dr. Goodheart noted that each muscle in the body is related to a specific organ. He found that each organ shared reflex points and acupuncture circuits with a specific muscle or muscles. Treating a weak muscle in a number of ways to turn on reflex points and acupuncture circuits would return strength to a previously weak muscle and the function of a related organ.
Utilizing muscle testing procedures, one can find weak muscle "energy" because of an imbalance in the specific organ they relate to. When doing muscle testing, you are feeling for a locking in place of the muscle and not complete weakness. It should be explained that this is not a contest of strength and that gradual pressure is used.
There are four major categories of muscle weaknesses:
What is an alarm point? The alarm points are reflex points associated with the meridians. In Chinese philosophy, it was believed that if disease occurred in the internal organ associated with the meridian, the alarm point would become tender. When tenderness is present upon light pressure, the meridian is considered to be overactive; and upon deep pressure underactive.
How to use the alarm points:
Touch for Health is a book that has been around for a long time which is a great resource of study on the use of applied kinesiology. Just remember that all findings should be correlated with standard diagnostic methods, such as laboratory tests, x-rays and even MRI's.
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