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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Industry News for Northwestern Health Sciences University
School of Massage Therapy Celebrates a Decade with Record Symposium Numbers
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. The School of Massage Therapy at Northwestern hit the spot this weekend with record attendance at the 2011 Symposium. More than 230 massage professionals filled the University on March 5 and 6 to attend continuing education workshops, visit with old and new colleagues, check out vendor products and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the School of Massage Therapy.
Dale Healey, DC, dean of the School of Massage Therapy, can't believe it has been 10 years since the beginning of the program. "To have that large of a group join us for the 10-year anniversary made the weekend especially great," said Dr. Healey. "All of our presenters did a wonderful job and they were very well received."
Attendees earned 15 hours of continuing education and had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop with keynote speaker David Kent, LMT, NCTMB. Kelli Quist, a 2002 graduate, feels Northwestern's symposium is the best continuing education around. "This is a great networking event and I always get the most out of being here," said Quist. "The variety of topics covered is awesome."
The optional cadaver labs led by Kim Swineheart, DC, associate professor at Northwestern, were a huge hit with attendees. First-time attendee Kristin Wilz decided to come when a fellow massage therapist recommended it. "I am enjoying my experience here and the cadaver lab is by far my favorite part of the weekend," said Wilz. "I will definitely be back; my journey has begun."
On Saturday evening attendees enjoyed a dinner reception in the cafeteria at Northwestern where they listened to music by vocalist/guitarist Sasha Mercedes, reflected on the past 10 years of the School of Massage Therapy and danced the night away. "It's always great to see alumni come back after they graduate and meet the new attendees, as well," said Susie Biwer, assistant director of alumni, development & career services. "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and have a great time. I would say the weekend was a success!"
Excitement surrounding the 2011 Symposium was caught on camera by the communications department with a video campaign, "Tell Us Your Northwestern Story." Over the course of the weekend attendees could record their Northwestern story and be entered into a gift card drawing. The gift card winners were: Barbara Jean Turner, $15; Kathy Nokleby, $25; and RondaKae Vainikka, massage therapy student at Northwestern, $50. "I felt kind of nervous, but I decided to just do it," said Vainikka on recording her Northwestern story. "I never expected to win!"
"It's incredible to look back on our history of 10 years and realize what an amazing journey it has been," says Dr. Healey. "This was a great year to celebrate what we have accomplished and look forward to what the next 10 years will bring."
Photos and video footage from the 2011 Symposium can be found on Northwestern's Facebook page.
Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.