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A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Hands-On Learning in the Dissection Lab
While the opportunity to perform a full body human dissection is rare, a growing number of massage therapists, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medical practitioners, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other providers are entering the anatomy lab. Hands-on dissection engages the senses in ways that cannot be reproduced in the classroom, online, with software, textbooks, videos, DVDs, charts, models, x-rays or listening to podcasts. Graduates leave the lab with a new level of knowledge. They feel more confident to assess, educate and treat their clients. They chose to learn by dissecting because it uniquely integrates a multitude of sensory stimuli including sight, touch and sound.
Dissection allows you to see and touch the structures that form (anatomy) the human body and understand how they function (physiology). The experience fundamentally changes your understanding of human structure and refines your palpation skills. Graduates say the experience transforms their treatment style and approach.
Students dissect each layer, superficial to deep, comparing each structure, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time. Everyone in the lab has personal goals and structures they want to investigate. Interests include fascia, muscles, bones, joints, nerves, vessels, organs and how they function together. Many attendees want to examine the rotator cuff muscles, how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy, the relationship of the sciatic nerve to the piriformis muscle or how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles are part of the Achilles tendon.
Typically, the specimens have undergone a number of surgeries, some structures may have been removed, repaired or replaced. Students scrutinize the scare tissue from various surgeries. Over the decades, we have seen a wide diversity of surgical procedures including; coronary bypass and valve repairs; spinal rods, total and partial joint replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder, bunionectomies, hysterectomies, bowel resections, meniscus repairs, carpel tunnel releases, and the list goes on. Many of the specimens have been diagnosed with problems in the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, lymphatic, digestive and/or nervous systems.
The people that donated their body into the willed donor program are just like our clients in life; they were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. Their occupation was bus driver, teacher, homemaker, law enforcement officer, railroad worker, firefighter, mechanic, electrician, nurse and postal carrier. Their gift allows us to study clinical anatomy, see the variations, the effects of aging, surgeries and the results of disease. We are very grateful for the knowledge they chose to share. In respect to their exquisite souls, we begin and end each full body dissection workshop with a dedication to "Our Silent Teachers."
Donors are rejected if a contagious disease exists such as virulent herpes, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis or some cases of senile dementia. Other conditions include crushing injuries, decomposition, severe obesity or emaciation. Most programs require the entire body so if an autopsy has been performed or organs have been donated the specimen is excluded. However, depending on the program, surgeries like coronary bypass, hip and knee joint replacement, bunionectomy, spinal fusion, laminectomy, etc. are not an issue. These donors are excellent examples for students to see and learn clinical anatomy while having a hands-on understanding of its application.
Anatomy labs are equipped with special ventilation systems that are designed to continually exchange existing air in the lab with fresh, filtrated, air multiple times an hour. Air quality is monitored.
The temperature in an anatomy lab is usually cool. Students typically wear scrubs and layer accordingly. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to offset the time standing on a hard surface.
You will be amazed how fast you refine your dissection skills. Instructors review the anatomy and correlate its clinical significance, while guiding you through the dissection. All cavities of the body are examined including the cranium, chest, abdomen and vertebral canal.
If you find textbooks and videos on human anatomy fascinating or want to return to dissection exhibits such as Body Worlds or BODIES, then you will feel comfortable in the dissection lab. I have been dissecting at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida since 1993 and learn something new every time I enter the lab.
Performing a full body dissection is a major educational milestone and life experience. The knowledge gained is invaluable. What structures do you want to see, touch, compare and learn more about? Write your list and I look forward to seeing you soon for some hands-on learning in the dissection lab!