Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
May, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 05
Massage Continues to Contribute
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I like the fact that massage therapists are considered caregivers. I especially like the fact that people enjoy coming to us for care. All caregivers don't get that benefit. Many don't get the same pleasant feelings when they visit their doctor, dentist, chiropractor or acupuncturist.When they visit us, they feel good about feeling better.
That being said, all the time spent in our treatment rooms isn't dreamy and delightful. My practice is fairly clinical, with most clients arriving because they either currently are experiencing discomfort or trying to stay ahead of chronic ailments. For some, just lying down on the table causes discomfort. Luckily, I'm usually able to make them more comfortable as the session progresses and help alleviate the discomfort altogether over time.
One of the very first continuing education classes I took was with a man who gave me a quote I have been using ever since: "Healthy muscles do not hurt when pressed upon!" Over and over, I see a steady stream of clients who experience muscle discomfort during massage. The fact that so many massage therapists are proving they can do something about the discomfort probably is a major reason for much of the growth our profession has seen in the past few decades.
Of all the various types of discomfort prevalent in society, the one I see most often in my practice is low back pain. It's so common that if you use the initials - LBP - most people will know what you mean. I've been to many continuing education classes specifically designed to deal with low back pain, so my track record is pretty good. However, most don't come to me until after they have had unsuccessful visits to their doctor or chiropractor. When I checked the Web for reference material, I found a list of questions a doctor will ask a patient with low back pain. I was pleasantly surprised to find that except for the last question, the list was identical to what I asked my clients.
The questions on the list are as follows:
The doctor's treatment involves using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort, and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation. My treatment involves various myofascial, neuromuscular and stretching techniques. We each share a goal of restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing recurrence of the injury. We both enjoy our share of success.
So, I know that massage therapy is effective for low back pain. I've seen it and I've felt it. My clients know it works. Unfortunately, the world at large does not know, and that is why research proving what we already know is so important. This is one of the reasons I was so very pleased last year to find that both leading U.S. massage therapy professional associations were actively involved in this effort. In September 2006, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) pledged $15,000 to help gain medical recognition of massage therapy as a treatment for low back pain. ABMP made this lead grant to the initiative (one-fourth of the funds needed to advance a review under the auspices of the National Institutes for Health, Office of Medical Applications of Research). Called a "consensus conference," the effort involves testimony and a research review by an independent panel. The last consensus conference addressing back pain was more than a decade ago and led to insurance coverage for spinal manipulation in treating back pain. At the same time, the body of research supporting massage therapy was deemed insufficient to gain similar recognition.
Sufficient research has been conducted since that time to provide the potential for favorable findings for massage and for some of the other complementary and alternative therapies that could be included in the same consensus conference process. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) also chose to support this effort and issued a press release in December 2006 outlining its efforts. While the AMTA did not detail the extent of its support, the Web site of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) (http://ihpc.info) leads me to surmise that the monetary support from the AMTA was at least $5,000.
I'm hoping we can report on the progress of this initiative. If the results are what I would suspect they should be, it will positively affect the practice of each of us - whether or not we do clinical work. If you are a member of either of these professional associations, you might want to send a note to their respective headquarters, thanking them for benefiting your practice!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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