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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Better With Chiropractic
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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.
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.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
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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.
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.
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.
Transforming Exam Delivery
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State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
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NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
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New Opportunities for DCs
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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.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
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Acupuncture's Standard of Care
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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.
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.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
First International Fascia Research Congress Held at Harvard
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The Fascia Research Congress (FRC), held this year from Oct. 4-5 at Harvard Medical School in Boston, was the first international conference dedicated to fascia in all its forms and functions. This landmark event was conceived and organized by a multidisciplinary committee of science researchers and practicing health care professionals, whose respective fields share a common focus and interest in the human body's soft-connective-tissue matrix.
The First International Fascia Research Congress was intended to be a catalyst. Its emphasis and centerpiece was the presentation of the latest and best scientific fascia research. (For oral and poster presentation abstracts, see http://fascia2007.com/abstracts.php.)
Professionals from the separate domains of basic research and clinical practice had an unprecedented opportunity to learn from one another and gain insights that informed and enriched their respective areas of work and led to new areas of scientific inquiry and improvements in applied methods.
Interest has increased in the therapeutic communities for the fascial role in musculoskeletal strain disorders such as low back instability, fibromyalgia, pelvic pain and respiratory dysfunction, as well as in wound healing, trauma recovery/repair and postural strain patterns of all types. Thus, the FRC sought to present new findings that point to fascia's biomechanical and adaptive properties that can account for clinical observations in health and dysfunction.
The expanding worldwide scientific research on human fascial tissues forms a body of knowledge pertinent to a wide range of professionals engaged in conventional and CAM modalities who serve individuals afflicted with specific pathologies or injuries of fascial tissue. The latest research proved to be valuable in advancing practical understanding and supporting validation of the therapeutic mechanisms. (These mechanisms were hypothesized to be operating factors in the many manual therapies and CAM modalities which contact, mechanically manipulate, penetrate or otherwise involve fascial tissues.)
New scientific findings were presented at the conference in the following categories:
While presentations of some of this research and theory have occurred in conferences sponsored by organizations and federal agencies, there has been no previous conference devoted entirely to this specific topic or two, which includes and reaches across several of the major manual medicine and CAM modalities. Also, scientific conferences on connective tissue in general do not focus particularly on the theory, therapeutic mechanisms or clinical concerns of manual medicine or CAM practitioners.
The congress was sponsored by the A. T. Still Research Institute; Department of Anesthesiology, University of Ulm, Germany; Elsevier Health Sciences; International Association of Structural Integrators; Massage Therapy Foundation; Rolf Institute of Structural Integration; University of Westminster and Veteran's Biomedical Research Institute. This project was made possible by a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
The congress was further supported by the American Massage Therapy Association; Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals; Australian Association of Massage Therapists; Brazilian Rolfing Association; Canadian Massage Therapy Research Network; CORE Institute School of Massage and Structural Bodywork; Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Health Care System; European Rolfing Association; Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America; FIMM International Academy of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine; Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research; Healthy Tao, Center for Well Being; Hellerwork International; Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Holland; Institute of Applied Physiology, University of Ulm, Germany; The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, University of Ulm, Germany; Istituto Terapie Cranio Sacrali; Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies; Journal of Electro-Myography and Kinesiology; Neuromuscular Therapy Center; New England School of Acupuncture; New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc.; Ontario Association of Osteopaths; Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research; School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London; Society for Acupuncture Research; Soft Tissue Therapy; Spine and Joint Centre, Rotterdam and Utah Osteopathic Medical Association.
Of the 700 registrants to the FRC, about two-thirds were from the field of massage therapy, bodywork and structural integration. While the scientists expressed a lack of knowledge in the day-to-day challenges of the clinicians present, the conference went a long way to bridging that gap and facilitating information exchange.
The FRC provided a unique opportunity to unite our efforts. The field of fascia research has been expanding internationally, generating a large body of knowledge important to both researchers and a diverse audience of health care professionals. It was an appropriate time to bring together all the latest and best scientific research findings on the human fascia from around the world and to present this important work in a conference forum where professionals from various perspectives and practices related to fascia came to learn and exchange. It generated a network of scientists, practitioners and students who will inform and support future conferences on the same theme. The next Fascia Research Congress will convene in Amsterdam in 2009.
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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