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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?
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
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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