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A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
It's About Health
I went shopping for sheets the other day. I learned a new term, "cotton-rich." It is becoming hard to find what percentage of cotton vs. plastic is in the sheet fabric. While some labels were giving percentages, and a very few were 100% cotton, most were "cotton-rich" or just cotton-blend.
As I shopped, our beloved Congress was voting on a law that would allow food manufacturers to put about anything into our foods and not have to tell us. If companies break the new national "voluntary labeling" law, there are no penalties. However, if some renegade state tries to require better for its citizens – that is illegal and could cut off federal funds. The law will take away from individual states the right to require honest labeling of food, in particular Vermont – bless you VT, you tried. Can't have states rights anymore and can't have one state require higher standards than another. That would be too much trouble for Big Food, Inc. to print honest labels or to make food to higher standards of quality. This revolves around Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO ingredients. Notice they are no longer plants but organisms. Many other countries in the world have banned GMO containing foods while the U.S.A. tries to force "Frankenfoods" down the world's throats. We are to shut-up and consume.
Our beloved Senators and Representatives are on the take for this, some receiving as much a $2,000,000 from the Agriculture and food lobbies for their campaigns. How do you suppose they voted? Yes, against the will of the majority of citizens. We have the best politicians money can buy and they go to the highest bidder. Congress has the lowest approval ratings imaginable yet people keep re-electing incumbents. "It is all the rest of them. Mine is good." Trust me, yours is on the take, too.
So, what does this have to do with massage? Well, I for one would like to know what is in the sheets I have my patients laying on. I would also like to know what is in the food I eat as I would prefer to eat non-GMO foods. GMO-foods are known by the rest of the civilized world to cause a host of health problems. I suspect they are contributing to soft-tissue conditions as well, visceral-somatic reactions, but that will never be allowed to be researched.
Isn't massage about health? It used to be. Can't have health in general or healthy soft tissue in particular without good nutrition; it's part of the package. Massage used to be a part of the alternative to the sickness industry. Now too many in our profession want to be a part of, integrated with, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.A. (Medical Errors) Do you really think they want us? They ran "manual medicine" out of the system in the 1950's. It is only health problems (sickness, disease, injuries) that make money for our sickness care system, so of course they are all in favor of GMO foods and not very accepting of alternatives to the allopathic system. Causes cancer – great – can't be enough of that, pass the sunscreen. Oh and ban those guns, they don't kill or injure that many people. It's a good distraction to keep people stirred up about regulating guns. Keeps their minds off of the 250,000 people killed each year by medical errors in the U.S. alone. We do not care about life, we care about political agendas. Some lives matter; some lives don't. Some causes of death matter; some causes don't. Massage professionals are better off providing the public - who wants us - with an alternative to the sickness system, which (with a few exceptions scattered about) doesn't want us.
It's an election year. Things could change. Don't complain about the results if you don't vote. Vote your conscience and feel good about it. But remember, as Mark Twain wrote, "If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." (Not paid for by any political candidate or party...But I approved this message!) Let not your heart be troubled by this election. No matter what the outcome, the world won't end anytime soon and trust me – we'll all go to work the Wednesday after the election just like always (or whatever you do on Wednesdays).
Did You Know?
The Medical Boards were deliberately created to protect physicians from the public by granting them a monopoly and limiting their exposure to liability. The lie is that professional regulation (licensing) is only to protect the public. Had to tell the public that, for their own good, to get the Boards passed and create the public health bureaucracy. Never has the public gone to the legislatures of the various states and demanded a profession be regulated (licensed). It is always the profession that goes to the legislature and begs for a monopoly to be granted by the government and various systems of protection from competition and liability be provided by that monopoly. Together they come up with some excuse, like to protect the public, to justify the monopoly being granted. Lobbyists get their cut, politician's campaigns get contributed to, and the public loses again. The EpiPen price scandal is a result of a government granted monopoly.
Point being – those of you massage therapists in un-licensed states – save yourselves. Do not ask for licensing, go for a Right to Practice Act. You will be so glad in the long run if it is done properly. Licensing has made a lot of money for some sectors of our "industry." It has not improved the quality of massage therapy being provided to the public, quite the opposite. What's more important? Sadly, it depends. Further, licensing has not protected us from adult entertainment, raised our incomes, or given us more recognition by other professions. Because we did it so wrong and so poorly, it is just a tax on us.