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Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
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.