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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
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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