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Qigong for Substance Abuse
It is commonly believed that substance abuse, in addition to harming one’s physiological state, hurts the spirit. There is also a belief that one’s spirit does not weaken due to substance abuse, but rather, the person finds solace in addiction due to an already weak spirit.
Acupuncture Points: Broadening Our Scope and Diagnostic Work
As every practitioner knows, the correct diagnosis is everything. Most healing disciplines rely on the use of symptomatology for their treatment implementation. Beyond symptomatology, we have clinical tests to provide more objective findings.
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Our Country Needs Us Between Elections, Too; Continuing Care: We Aren't There Yet; Our Associations Need to Do More.
Prepare for the End, From the Beginning: Wealth Building and Retirement with the Tao
Yin and yang flow into and out from one another continually. Beginnings become endings and endings become beginnings again. Wholeness and cycles are the nature of Tao.
The winter season is upon us and offers unique challenges for the clinician and patient alike. To effectively navigate through the winter season there are two main TCM medicinals, Huang Qi and Gan Jiang, to consider, as well as two important formulas which feature these two TCM treasures.
Another Step Forward for Chiropractic
Chiropractic is now available to 86,000-plus Latter-Day Saints missionaries and you are invited to become a provider. LDS membership in not required; our only concern is that our missionaries get the best quality care available.
True Practice Mobility for the Chiropractic Profession
When natural disasters occur, chiropractors can literally travel to the other side of the world to offer humanitarian relief in less than a day. The chiropractor's license to legally practice, however, can't make it past the state line.
The Case Report: A Valuable Tool
Case reports are a valuable form of descriptive research. The most basic form of practice-based research, a case report is a detailed account of the history, presenting symptoms, assessment, observations, treatment and follow-up of an individual patient, discussed in the context of prior and potential future research.
Flirting With Alternative Therapies
There are about as many adjunct therapies being marketed to acupuncturists as there are acupuncturists. While some may remain purist in their application of traditional Chinese medicine, others choose to explore new horizons of treatment.
Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 2)
Protocols and treatment Timing: A course of treatments should be performed over a period of 12 weeks if possible. Microneedling should be performed once every two weeks.
A New Year and Vision for the ACA
Inadequate pain management coupled with the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has taken a severe toll on the lives of millions of people in the United States. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 1)
The earliest Chinese reference to channels is in the Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts,1 which are dated to the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty (475 BC-221 AD). The text presents 11 channels. There are no acupuncture points listed in those channels.
Five Branches University Has First Hospital TCM Residency
Established in 1984, Five Branches University (FBU) has campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Calif., which serve the communities of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay, and Silicon Valley.
A Conversation With Dr. Betty Edmond
This month's column is an exclusive interview with Betty Edmond MD, newly elected CEO/President of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas.
Nutrition for Menopause: Front-Line Therapy for All Phases
Of all the changes women experience during their reproductive life, there is no doubt the most dreaded are the three phases of menopause. This is not surprising since all of the symptoms associated with menopause are replete with unpleasantness.
News in Brief
Updated Neck Pain & Whiplash Guideline; Attention, IHS DCs; New VP of Institutional Advancement At Palmer; N.J. DC Interns At U.S. Olympic Training Center; Chiropractic Society Of R.I. On The Front Lines.
Anti-Aging With Dr. Ping Zhang
Jennifer Waters, TCM practitioner and writer of the Acupuncture Today column, "Talking With the Masters" sat down with Dr. Ping Zhang to discuss aniti-aging with acupuncture.
Shoulder Rehab: Start With the Scapula
The scapula is an incredible display of elegance and movement within the biomechanics of human motion. It's evolved for mobility and stability in the scapulo-thoracic region, giving us the ability to do things that are uniquely human, such as throwing with accuracy.
Low Back Pain in Running Athletes
After 7 million years of adapting to upright postures, the lumbar spine and pelvis have become remarkably adept at managing ground-reactive forces associated with running.
Crow Like the Rooster
As we welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we look at some of its major characteristics: confidence and communication, which suits the image we have of the Rooster...strutting in the farmyard, crowing to the others that it's time to wake up.
An Opportunity & a Responsibility
Nearly 80 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose every day, and spine-related pain is one of the principle drivers of opioid use. This unfortunate situation creates both an opportunity and a responsibility.
Let's Clear Up the Collection Confusion
This is an often-misunderstood practice swirling with misinformation. First, a few basics: Insurance is a contract between the patient and the insurance company. The insurance company is simply making a payment for services or care on behalf of the patient.
Let's Talk About Supinator Injuries
Let's turn to a smaller muscle of the forearm: the supinator. It's not injured very frequently, but it's best to be prepared if you do see one.
The supinator muscle is responsible for just one motion; as its name suggests, it supinates the forearm—turning the hand palm up. In right-handed people, supination is the action used to tighten a screw and in left-handed people this muscle is used to loosen a screw; repeated use of a hand-driven screwdriver can easily strain this muscle. Other possible causes of strain include repetitive sewing or stirring actions, as well as the stabilizing actions of the supinator in golf and all racket sports.
The supinator originates from the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, where it shares a common tendon with the extensor carpi radialis brevis and extensor carpi ulnaris, as well as from the radial collateral ligament of the elbow, the annular ligament of the radius, and a ridge on the ulna called the supinator crest. From there, the muscle curves around the upper third of the radius and then inserts on the lateral and anterior surface of that bone.
Both the supinator and the biceps brachii are involved in supination, with the supinator playing the primary role in slow, unresisted supination. As resistance builds, the biceps becomes increasingly active—except during elbow extension, which inhibits the biceps' strength. The combined strength of the biceps plus the supinator muscles contributes to making supination a stronger action than pronation.
The test for the supinator is resisted supination. When the supinator is injured, this test causes pain at the lateral elbow, sometimes moving into the forearm. With the client standing, have the person bend the elbow at 90 degrees, with the palm facing the floor. Now lace your fingers and grasp around the wrist. Now ask the client to attempt to rotate the forearm toward the ceiling. As they try to turn their arm you apply an equal and opposite force so that they cannot move at all. If you want to take the biceps out of the picture try the same test with the clients arm extended. This extended position weakens the strength and mechanical advantage of the biceps.
The supinator can be injured at the common extensor tendon attachment at the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. If that is the case and it is painful on the test and also on palpation at the lateral epicondyle then apply the same treatment I described for tennis elbow. Alternatively, it can be injured at its attachment at the upper third of the radius. To friction that attachment, place your fingers at the radius just distal to the elbow, at the precise location where the client is experiencing pain. Then, using your thumb at a counterbalance for your pressure, apply friction along the radial attachment with a superior-to-inferior motion.
Once the client is feeling a bit better have them begin a series of supination exercises with a one sided weight. Three sets of 10 reps starting at about one pound and building up to 8 or 10. In the photo you see a special weight called, the Premium Forearm Exerciser. This one sided weight is good for many injuries. The closer you get to the weight the lighter it is, and the farther away the heavier it is.