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Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Pediatric Sports Massage
Tips for Working with Young Athletes
For children, summertime can be great fun and full of memories, while at the same time, providing a much needed break from their daily routine including late sleep-in mornings and lots of outdoor play. For children who participate in many physical activities, such as swimming, baseball and soccer, they may be perfect candidates to receive the many benefits of pediatric massage therapy.
Although many children can naturally perform well in sports and play physical games with ease, their bodies may experience muscle tightness, pain or limitations in range of motion.
It is not unusual for professional athletes to think of receiving massage therapy to increase and improve their performance, but what about children? Pediatric massage therapy can provide a gentle therapeutic approach to addressing many of the same athletic concerns, while at the same time introducing growing children to a preventative method to relieve aches and pains as they exercise.
The benefits of massage therapy may vary based on the individual receiving the therapy, as well as, the practitioner providing it. For children, it is imperative that they are treated by a qualified therapist, one who has certification and training specifically focused on safely addressing the concerns of the pediatric population.
Children's bodies are constantly growing and changing. Their muscles, soft tissues and bones are not as developed when compared to those of an adult. To provide a touch therapy session, a practitioner would often provide treatment that would utilize less pressure, slower pacing and an overall shorter session duration. To effectively treat the child's soft tissues, a therapist does not need to use a heavy handed approach to stimulate the affect of massage.
With pediatric massage, a therapist can help the serious or casual child athlete reach their full potential. Through the use of professional pediatric massage we may comfort pains, decrease potential injury, increase agility and aid in a more restful sleep, while at the same helping them to focus and concentrate more fully.
Many athletes receive massage therapy treatments pre- and post-athletic workout and competition. Athletes often incorporate sports massage into their therapy and training programs. Some of the reasons, athletes find massage therapy a valuable addition to their healthcare plan include;
Pediatric massage therapists who elect to incorporate sports massage into their treatment plan for children need to have a good understanding of the child's physical development, treatment goals, activity level, and pediatric sports massage therapy prior to including it into their practice. Good tips to remember include:
Always use draping that would be considered very modest and does not cause unneeded exposure. Children may always remain clothed/fully clothed during massage.
You will often find pediatric massage therapists providing safe and effective techniques at high school athletic events, sports competitions, rehabilitative clinics and even at the Olympics. For many athletes, massage has become a necessary part of their training and recovery process. Massage therapy can contribute to the health and wellness for a professional child athlete, in the same way as a casual athlete, and should be considered as a safe adjunct to a comprehensive pediatric healthcare plan.