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Are Herbs Useful for Chronic Pain?
The human nervous system is what makes us special, but our greatest strength also makes us vulnerable: witness the growing incidence of chronic addictions, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and chronic pain syndromes.
How to Bill Evaluation and Management Codes
Q: I am in need for guidance on how to bill evaluation and management (E&M) codes in addition to acupuncture the same date of service, I have never been paid for an exam when done with acupuncture and I believe I am doing it wrong.
Immunotherapy: Where Molecular Medicine Crosses Into Holistic Thinking
Immunotherapy, and its promise as a cancer treatment, has been in the news a lot in the last few years, and for good reason. Real shifts are happening in oncology and exciting researchers, clinicians, and patients.
Herbal Medicine Continues to Evolve
Product manufacturers, industry partners, distributors and practitioners work as a collective Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) community to produce high quality TCHM prescriptions that bring low-risk healthcare to thousands of patients everyday.
Day in the Life of an Advanced- Practice DC (Pt. 2)
Let's continue our Q&A with Stephen Perlstein, DC, APC, chair of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association PAC and president of the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians. Part 1 of this interview appeared in the May 1 issue.
Case Studies and Answer Analysis for NCCAOM Exam in Foundation of Oriental Medicine
Case studies are very common for acupuncture school students, either in class exams or during taking the national board exam. Most test takers feel they have no idea where they should start and how they should start to analyze those complicated cases.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 2): Food Poisoning
Other than the morbidity and mortality linked to eating too much food, "all-natural" organisms that contaminate our food cause more illness, more hospitalizations and more death than food contaminated by heavy metals, plastics, preservatives, artificial colors, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners and pesticides combined.
The Eight Extraordinary Confluent Points
The eight extraordinary confluent points are a very popular set of acupuncture points in the modern practice of acupuncture. They are also called the intersection, meeting, command, opening, master, and the flowing and pooling points of the eight extraordinary vessels.
Acupuncture at a Pain Clinic
Introduction: Pain is the most comprehensive human experience. The experience of pain is associated with the somatic, emotional and social impact. Pain has not only somatic symptoms, but also psycho-social dimension, especially in case of chronic pain.
Who is Your Ideal Patient?
Being in a healthcare practice requires you to think critically about many things including your equipment, techniques, documentation, financial goals, and the retention of clients and staff.
The Effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in Treating Infertility in the Philippines
Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a successful pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse.
Time for World-Wide Growth
Acupuncture is the organically growing around the world. The legislative body in Quatar has said acupuncture is "okay." The United States has five states to go to have every state recognized and regulated.
Shoulder Rehab: The Gait Connection
Shoulder problems can be difficult to rehab completely for several reasons. The shoulder is made up of several joints that must function together smoothly to provide the extreme mobility that is possible and necessary for many activities.
Bring on the Bitters
Out of all the possible flavor choices with foods, such as sweet, sour, salty, and umami (deliciousness), which would you choose first? Bitter, though not as enjoyable, is also a flavor.
Introducing the Dynamic Chiropractic Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Dynamic Chiropractic is proud to introduce a digital edition of the publication beginning with the July 2016 issue.
What Should You Call Your Patients (and What Should They Call You)?
When I walked into the exam room, the new patient looked uneasy, fumbling with his cellphone. He was a huge Polynesian man, probably in his 40s, with unrecognizable island tattoos.
Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The Latest Breakthroughs
There are now more than 29 million diabetics in the U.S. and 10% of them have Type 1. The incidence has been increasing in recent years at an epidemic rate.
Chiropractic Needs a Lesson in Education
The American Chiropractic Association has launched a campaign, The National Medicare Equality Petition, to enact federal legislation that would achieve full physician status for DCs in Medicare.
Does Anyone Know You're a Good Chiropractor?
If you had a chance to read the recent article in Time magazine (April 6), you know it provided some good information about the efficacy of chiropractic to the magazine's substantial consumer audience.
We Get Letters & Email
Another Slap in the Face for DCs; I Know Where to Find the Missing Chiropractic Patients; Clarification on Vitamin D Study.
Five-Element Reaches Out to Serve the Community
In 2006, a student at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) approached the administration about an idea for his senior project.
The Good, the Bad and the Successful in Social Marketing
You might be thinking, "social marketing, don't you mean social media?" No, I mean social marketing. Every day, I keep reading, hearing and learning more and more about the changes happening in social media.
2016 Trudy McAlister Foundation AOM Scholars
This year, the Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF) received a record number of excellent applications for the 2016 scholarship awards and has awarded five scholarships for $2000 each. More information is available on our website: AOMScholarship.org
F4CP Campaign Addresses Public Misperceptions of Chiropractic
In late 2015, results of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic were published. The report found that 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) had utilized chiropractic care within the previous 12 months.
Making Things Better
If something has been done the same way for 100 or more years, chances are there are new and better ways to do it now that should be considered. While some things never change (and shouldn't), occassionally someone does get an inspiration and truly advances the way to do something. Change is usually slow to be accepted. However, the new thing or method, if valid, slowly becomes accepted, first by the "early adopters" and then by the majorities. Trends always start slow and grow.
We have been doing massage the same way for a long time. When it comes to "just" eliciting a parasympathetic response, the same old way is still valid - lots of effleurage gets the job done. However, most people that come to get a massage have some pain complaint they would like relief from. For 30+ years, our primary tool for addressing "tender points" and "trigger points" has been some form of sustained pressure. Sometimes slight movement was added such as deep friction strokes or superficial myofascial techniques. These techniques have been the main weapons therapists have employed against soft-tissue pain. This is the American Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) paradigm as developed and taught by Paul St. John starting in the mid-1980's. While effective, it is unpleasant to receive and often damaging to therapist's bodies.
In the 1980's, we knew the primary soft-tissue problem was the involuntary contraction (spasm) causing ischemia and thus pain. Science eventually discovered sensors in the nervous system called mechanoreceptors which when stimulated, could elicit an inhibition response back to their locale in the body. There are many types of mechanoreceptors, each responding to a different type of mechanical stimuli. In most clinical and relaxation massage, we have been stimulating, through our touch, pressure, and movement, only a few types of mechanoreceptors. Primarily the Ruffini End-organs and Interstitial mechanoreceptors that respond to sustained pressure. However, as we tend to apply our sustained pressure in a spot about the size of a thumb, we illicit a relaxation response back to about that sized area. This is wonderful when treating an
There had to be a better way to stimulate the nervous system to down-regulate hypertonic muscles. For decades, people have been trying to utilize the body's reciprocal inhibition mechanisms but were unable to achieve consistent and complete results. They were missing several key approaches necessary to get reciprocal inhibition to create complete and lasting change in a particular (target) muscle. Finally, just like someone had the insight to invent Velcro, an accomplished therapist, Lawrence Woods from Indiana, had the insights that allow massage therapists to quickly and easily stimulate the nervous system in such a way to relax an entire muscle and actually "reset" the local nervous system, normalizing the tonus in an entire muscle, usually within seconds. Not only is it easy to learn, its quick, pain free, and physically easy to perform. Results last as long or longer than traditional massage methods.
This system is called Neural Reset Therapy (NRT). Applicable to pain relief and for athletic performance enhancement therapies, NRT is utilizing up to six types of mechanoreceptors at once, through gentle movements and stimuli. It is truly working smarter instead of harder. A full NRT session creates a much deeper, longer lasting relaxation response than traditional clinical massage treatments. It requires no lubricants and can be done through clothing.
A truly amazing advancement in soft –tissue treatment, NRT is based entirely on neurological laws and anatomical, physiological, and kinesiological principles. It integrates into and with any other styles and forms of massage and bodywork. You owe it to yourself and your patients to learn NRT. It is growing practices by getting people out of pain. It is increasing career lives of veteran therapists because it is so easy to perform.
Check out this evolutionary soft –tissue therapy process at: http://www.neuralreset.net.
Two columns ago, I very poorly expressed a thought and painted with too broad a brush. I was pointing out the internal focus of AMTA-National and managed to offend many chapter volunteers. I was not intending to criticize chapter volunteers and I do not have a problem with them being compensated for their out-of-pocket expenses while serving. They earn it. Please accept my apology.
I commend all the volunteers in this profession and I assure you that most all of them will tell you that their volunteered time was challenging, but enriching and very beneficial to their lives and careers. My volunteer time in AMTA, AFMTE, and the Iowa Board of Massage were the best investments I made in my career. You must get involved to make a difference. All change requires growth and all growth is painful, but nothing ever gets better without change, be it organizations, careers, or individuals. Don't complain, get involved and be the change. Get involved in your state massage board and/or your AMTA state chapter. The establishment will welcome you until you challenge them. So, get involved, become valuable, and then start raising hell. You will make a difference and it is time for change to come – volunteer to be all you can be. Don't volunteer to serve the status quo, volunteer to change it and make life better for all, except the establishment.