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Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Industry News for Performance Health
Performance Health Acquires THERAÂ°PEARL, LLC
Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of TheraBand™, Biofreeze®, Perform®, Cramer®, Bon Vital'® and Hygenic® branded products, today announced their acquisition of Maryland-based THERA°PEARL, LLC, creator of innovative hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary Pearl Technology®.
“THERA°PEARL brings proven strength and additional scale to our emerging retail business,” stated Marshall Dahneke, president and chief executive officer, Performance Health. “The alignment for us is both natural and exciting as Performance Health is well positioned to introduce and promote THERA°PEARL’s unique portfolio more broadly while THERA°PEARL’s emphasis on resolving pain and promoting wellness is entirely aligned with our other key brands. Combining their strengths and momentum with the rest of our business will lead to better and more comprehensive solutions for all of the customers we serve.”
THERA°PEARL recently ranked 41st on Forbes magazine’s list of most promising companies and landed at 209 on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America with 2,017 percent growth. THERA°PEARL will continue to operate from their headquarters in Maryland.
“THERA°PEARL is excited to join Performance Health and its portfolio of brands that share the common goal of offering innovative wellness products,” said Daniel Baumwald, president, THERA°PEARL. “In just six years, THERA°PEARL has experienced substantial growth by developing a successful product pipeline that appeals to both retailers and consumers. As part of Performance Health, we hope to continue that growth by gaining greater access to channels that reach the healthcare practitioner community.”
Founded in 2008, THERA°PEARL creates innovative hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary Pearl Technology®. Based on the frozen peas concept, THERA°PEARL® products can be chilled or heated and conform to the body while providing the doctor-recommended 20 minutes of hot/cold therapy. THERA°PEARL packs are a doctor-designed, drug-free way to reduce pain. In addition to being cost-effective, reusable and easy to clean, they are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and BPA free. The products are available at most major retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and most recently, Target. This past March, the company launched internationally, making its products available on the shelves of the market leading European pharmacy chain, Boots. In addition to its retail growth, the company is gaining traction with hands-on healthcare practitioners, such as massage therapists and spa professionals. www.TheraPearl.com.
About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded rehabilitation and wellness products sold into a variety of U.S. clinical markets, leading national retailers and in over sixty countries through a multi-national network of distribution partners. The Company’s product offering includes an innovative line of market-leading topical analgesics and a broad range of rehabilitation and wellness products. In addition, the Company formulates and manufactures a variety of highly engineered products primarily for dental and specialty healthcare applications. Performance Health markets its diverse product offering under the well-known and highly recognized TheraBand™, Biofreeze®, Perform®, Cramer®, Bon Vital'® and Hygenic® brand names. www.TheraBand.com; www.Biofreeze.com; www.PerformPainRelief.com; www.CramerSportsMed.com; www.BonVital.com, www.Hygenic.com; www.TheraBandAcademy.com