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Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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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