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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.
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.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
Industry News for Performance Health
Announcing Thera-Band® Roller Massagers+, Foam Roller Wraps+ and Pro Foam Rollers
Novel and revolutionary tissue mobilization tools for hands-free myofascial release.
Akron, Ohio – August 29, 2012 – Performance Health has expanded its portfolio of products with patent-pending innovations that aid in myofascial release, a critical component of musculoskeletal health. These new products, Thera- Band® Roller Massagers+, Pro Foam Rollers and Foam Roller Wraps+, are ideal for training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
The Thera-Band Roller Massager+ is an ideal tool for myofascial release and deep tissue massage. Its unique patent-pending ridged design supports both superficial and deep tissue mobilization while providing a massage-like experience. The standard-sized Roller Massager+ is ideal for in-clinic use and features handles that are designed to facilitate trigger point release; the portable version offers patent-pending retractable handles for ease of use at home or away from home. Use of the Roller Massager+ can help increase blood flow and circulation in targeted areas, increase muscle flexibility and improve range of motion.
Patent-pending, ridged Thera-Band Foam Roller Wraps+, used in conjunction with standard 6" round foam rollers, allow the practitioner to make the most of foam rolling, whether they're introducing it to their practice or enhancing an existing foam roller investment. This revolutionary new system serves as a novel tool for hands-free myofascial release, deep tissue massage and stabilization exercises, and can help increase muscle flexibility and range of motion. The Foam Roller Wraps+ are available in four colors of progressive density to support varying degrees of tissue mobilization—Yellow (X-Soft) providing extra cushion for more delicate patient populations through Blue (X-Firm) for advanced fascia mobilization.
The Thera-Band Pro Foam Rollers are made of highly durable closed-cell foam to extend the product's life and maintain its form. They can be used as a standalone device or in conjunction with the patent-pending Thera-Band Foam Roller Wraps+. The Pro Foam Rollers are available in the standard 6" diameter, in both 36" and 12" lengths, and a 6" half round diameter in the 36" length.
All of these Thera-Band products, designed for the demands of in-clinic use, are individually packaged for resale by the practitioner. This enables patients and clients to obtain the same in-clinic benefits when they're at home and on the go. Each product includes detailed exercise instructions featuring general techniques and advanced exercises divided by muscle region.
"We are very excited to bring these new progressive therapy products to the marketplace," stated Paul Timko, Senior Product Manager, Performance Health. "Like the practitioners who rely on our products, we realize the importance of having simple solutions to help individuals increase flexibility and range of motion, strengthen muscles, improve balance and gain better functional movement. Thera-Band is the brand the world's leading professionals trust with their patients' and athletes' outcomes—and have for decades."
These new portable, economical, versatile and easy-to-store Thera-Band solutions effectively and efficiently support in-clinic programs, at-home exercise programs and self-initiated wellness programs.
New from Performance Health - For practitioners who want their patients to use Thera-Band products but don't have the space or desire to retail products, Performance Health has a new program to make sure their patients and clients get the products they need. Here's how it works. The practitioner sends their patients or clients to the Performance Health website to buy products, and when they select the practitioner as the referral source, the practitioner receives a 10% reward on each transaction. Practitioners need to register to benefit from this program. Go to www.PerformanceHealth.com and click "Build My Practice." If a practitioner already sells Thera-Band products, this provides a solution for products they don't inventory. It's an easy and profitable extension of in-clinic selling.
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