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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Industry News for Performance Health
Two Studies Validate the Effectiveness of Novel Tennis Elbow Exercise Using Thera-Band® FlexBar®
Akron, Ohio - September 14, 2010 - A simple and novel exercise using the Thera-Band® FlexBar® has been found to be effective at reducing the pain associated with chronic lateral epicondylitis -- a.k.a. tennis elbow. Two recent studies support the effectiveness of this inexpensive treatment.
The first study, published in the September 2010 issue of Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery1, measures the effectiveness of an exercise that utilizes the Thera-Band® FlexBar® exerciser, a flexible bar designed for wrist, forearm and hand rehabilitation. The study was conducted by researchers from the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York City.
"With up to three percent of the population suffering annually with tennis elbow -- a condition attributed to racket sports but can occur from simple everyday activities -- we felt this population deserved an inexpensive and at-home treatment option to in-clinic machine-assisted or injection treatments," stated Timothy Tyler, PT, ATC, and lead author of the study.
A second study was conducted to investigate the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the wrist extensors and flexors while performing the exercise. An EMG is a method of evaluating and recording the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. This pilot study was completed by Andre Labbe, PT, MOMT, and presented at the 12th annual Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) meeting that was held July 19-21, 2010 in Athens, Greece.
"Tim's exercise is perfect for lateral epicondylitis and now we know the firing pattern of the involved muscles," added Andre Labbe. "An EMG study supports the validity of an exercise, which is critical when the exercise is being used in clinical treatment."
Tyler's study involved 21 patients who had reported chronic symptoms of tennis elbow for at least six weeks, but had no prior surgical treatment for it. The patients were separated into two groups; everyone in the study received standard physical therapy (PT) for seven weeks. Additionally, the FlexBar test group performed a novel exercise, the "Tyler Twist". This exercise involved eccentric (muscle contraction while lengthening the muscle) wrist extension using the Thera-Band FlexBar. The study showed that the patients performing the FlexBar exercise along with the standard treatment had significantly greater improvements in strength and pain.
"Although this study is limited by its small sample size, its findings revealed a practical and inexpensive at-home treatment that does not require direct medical supervision and has no significant side effects," continued Tyler. "The 'maximal' efficacy of this new treatment would thus likely compare favorably against anything else available and could lower healthcare costs."
Labbe's study involved five healthy subjects who conducted the "Tyler Twist" exercise while being analyzed by EMG test equipment. Data was collected from the wrist flexors (flexor carpi ulnaris and flexor carpiradialis) and extensors (extensor carpiulnaris and extensor carpi radialis). An inclinometer was also placed on the dorsum of the hand to measure range of motion (ROM) of the wrist during the exercise. Each study participant used the red (light resistance) FlexBar and performed five repetitions. The resulting EMG activity reports indicated that the success of the exercise could be due to its ability to activate and strengthen the extensors.
"EMG studies make clinicians aware of muscle activity so that diagnosis-specific exercises, such as this one, can be developed and utilized in treatment, including exercises that may reduce the patients dependency on pharmaceuticals or eliminate the need for surgery," commented Labbe. "While our EMG study suggests that the FlexBar exercise is doing exactly what it needs to do to be successful in treating tennis elbow, we need to replicate this pilot study on actual patients with tennis elbow."
Timothy Tyler is a physical therapist in private practice in New York City, New York. He is also a Research Associate at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital. Andre Labbe, PT, MOMT, is the owner and physical therapist at A & K Physical Therapy, and regularly lectures around the world. Both Tyler and Labbe serve on the Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC).
Performance Health / Hygenic Corporation (www.thera-band.com) provided the FlexBars for the study, but did not fund these studies. The studies and abstracts can be viewed at www.thera-bandacademy.com
Hygenic / Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, massage, wellness and consumer retail markets. Maker of market-leading Thera-Band®, Biofreeze® and Perform® products, Performance Health / Hygenic Corporation provides evidence-based protocols, education, turn-key dispensing and pain management solutions.