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The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
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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