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Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
NCCAM Awards $30,000 Grant
By Editorial Staff
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently awarded a $30,000 grant to the Massage Therapy Foundation to help support the second "Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Research" conference. The conference takes place at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle May 13-15, 2010.
"This NCCAM conference grant is an important demonstration of support...of massage therapy's presence in integrative medicine and support of the Massage Therapy Foundation's role in bridging research and massage therapy practice," said Diana Thompson, Immediate Past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and Chair of the conference planning committee.
The "Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research" conference brings together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, CIM researchers, allied health professionals and others interested in massage research. Current research related to massage and manual therapies will be presented with a special focus on translational research and public health. Seven world-renowned researchers and clinicians in the field of integrative health care will give keynote presentations at the conference and the three-day agenda also includes two panel discussions, 60 research presentations and posters, and innovative experiential workshops.
Experiential workshops are a relative rarity in research meetings. An academic exchange between the respective editors of International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Glenn M. Hymel, EdD, LMT, and Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, proposed this unconventional mechanism for bringing together research and practice. The workshops will include practical demonstrations of a variety of methods of manual care, combined with discussions of evidence of efficacy, proposed mechanisms, scientific evidence, and the expression of needs for future exploration.
Keynote speakers include Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Areas of Promise in Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Dan Cherkin, PhD: Is Massage Effective for Back and Neck Pain? Applying the Research to Your Practice; Julie Ann Day, PT: First the Hypothesis: How a Biomechanical Model can influence Fascial Anatomy Research; Willem Fourie, PT: Is There a Place for Manual Therapy in Recovery from Breast Cancer Treatment?; Christine Goertz, DC, PhD: Translational Research and Manual Therapies, How Do We Get There from Here?; Helene M. Langevin, MD: Connective Tissue Physiology and Its Relevance to Manual Therapies; and Whitney Lowe, LMT: Knowledge Translation: Key Skills for Highly Successful Clinicians.
Panel discussions include Glenn Hymel, EdD, and Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, who will moderate, "Translating Research into Practice and Practice into Research" and William Meeker, DC, MPH, moderating "Manual Therapy and the Public Health."
Experiential Workshops include Julie Ann Day, PT: The Assessment of Upper limb Dysfunctions: Indications for Superficial or Deep Fascia Work; Leon Chaitow, ND, DO: Four Functional Assessment Methods: Their Research Origins and Clinical Usefulness; Whitney Lowe, LMT: Creative Applications of Research in the Clinical Massage Environment; and Masahiro Takakura, ND, DC, LAc, CKTI: Introduction of Kinesio-taping Application for Lymphatic Drainage and Inflammatory Condition.
The timeliness of this conference, according to Thompson, is evidenced by the fact that the number of clinical research studies in the area of massage therapy and integrative medicine have more than doubled since 2004. Thompson says, "In addition to the greater number of studies, massage therapists seem to be more curious about research, educators are more inclined to cite research data in the classroom, and vendors are more visibly supportive of search with their dollars and in their advertisements."
For registration information and to view the slate of speakers, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/researchconference2010.html.
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