It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
More Access to Chiropractic Instead of Opioids: H.R. 5722
With the opioid epidemic both an ongoing public health crisis and a hot topic extending well beyond the health care industry, Congress continues stepping up to the plate.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
Massage Therapy vs. Anabolic Steroids
By John G. Louis, CMT
Just recently, yet another prominent competitive athlete has admitted to using performance-enhancing steroids. The athlete is U.S. Olympic track star Marion Jones. In addition to having to go through the humiliation of giving back her Olympic gold medals, she may be facing more serious consequences, possibly even time in jail.
Anabolic steroids are illegal and can be extremely harmful to the user's health. However, users are drawn to them because of the hope of capturing wealth and fame. One huge concern is the fact that the use of these drugs is not limited to high level athletes. Studies show that many high-school athletes have at least tried them as well. One scary estimate suggests as many as 5 percent of high-school boys and 2.5 percent of high-school girls have used them. There is no telling what kind of health concerns this will lead to in these young lives.
For some time now, this issue has put professional baseball in the spotlight. Many of the most celebrated home-run hitters in recent years have been identified as users. This has given baseball a bad name, and it has made victims of the players who have remained honest and drug-free. I was able to see firsthand how it affected the game while I worked as the massage therapist for the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Frank Thomas (The Big Hurt), who is 6' 5," 280 lbs., was always big. He was big in junior high school and he only got bigger and stronger as he got older. He has been the poster boy for steroid testing in baseball, but has never been accused of using steroids. Quite frankly, I feel he has been ripped off by the whole scandal. In fact, there were some years he was beat out in MVP voting by players who have since been found to have used steroids. If you take steroids out of the picture, Frank's amazing statistics shine even brighter. I would joke with Frank and say, "It's all your fault - you're big and hit home runs, so players cheat to be like you!"
Massage, like steroids, can improve performance. While working extensively with Frank Thomas at home games from 2002 through 2005, he went from hitting 51 percent of his home runs at home prior to receiving massage therapy, to hitting 76 percent at home. At the same time, his overall home run production increased by 26 percent - and this is in an aging athlete. I believe these statistics show very clearly that the massage therapy Frank received at home games dramatically improved his performance. In addition to experiencing no negative side effects, he also remained largely injury-free during that same period.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong also has been touched by the steriod controversy. Like professional baseball, "doping" has played a very negitive roll in competitive cycling. Many prominent cyclists have been found to be users. Although Lance has never been found to have used steroids, his success has caused many of the teams he has competed against to question whether he ever used steroids. I believe Lance is innocent. He has a reputation of being very disciplined and working harder than anybody on a bike - and he received massages. I understand that while training and racing, he would receive two massages per day. He would begin his day with one in the morning and a second when he finished training or racing. He has spoken about the benefits he derived from massage in interviews over the years. I'm confident that if you were to take massage out of Lance's training regimen, he wouldn't have had the success he did. I'm also confident he would tell us the same thing.
I hope that in the future, more and more athletes begin to recognize that massage therapy can enhance their athletic performance effectively. And I hope that at the same time, we see a decrease in the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Click here for previous articles by John G. Louis, CMT.
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