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How to Enhance Exercise Rehab With Manipulation and Soft-Tissue Therapy
As chiropractors, we are in a unique position to use our manual therapy techniques to facilitate exercise rehabilitation.
Dedicated to Excellence
For 27 years, Horace C. Elliott, executive vice president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, has set new standards of excellence for chiropractic licensure and testing.
Thrive in 2014: Five Habits to Start Cultivating Now
The entire health care system is once again – or perhaps I should say still – in a state of flux, and our profession is not immune to the brouhaha.
News in Brief
WFC Documents the Global Advance of Chiropractic; National to Conduct Study of Orthotics for Back Pain.
Continuing Education Showdown: Online Learning vs. In-Person Seminars
Many state TCM and acupuncture regulatory bodies and associations are interfering with the success of their members by limiting the number of continuing education credit hours they can earn online.
Acupuncture & Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
One of the most rapidly changing areas of healthcare is that of addiction medicine. Advances in brain imaging technology have allowed doctors and scientists to understand addiction, and recovery from addictive disorders, at the level of the individual neuron in the brain.
Acupuncture In Haiti: Aid that Works
I recently returned from Haiti. So many people ask whether Haiti has recovered since the earthquake of January, 2010. Once you've been to Haiti, you would never ask that question. It doesn't make any sense.
Electric Qigong: An Ancient Therapy Evolves
Recently in a small, dimly lit treatment room in downtown Taipei, Wesley Chen instructed his patient to lie down. A frayed wire, which he wrapped around a small piece of metal, is now plugged in.
Cervical Compression and the Lower Back
When a patient presents with lower back pain, we expect to see some amount of antalgic lean. It is understood that this lean is both a conscious and reflexive protective mechanism of the body to reduce the pain and prevent more irritation in the back.
Give the Gift of Change
As human beings, we are blessed with something remarkable that we generally take for granted: the gift of conversation.
Studies: Acupuncture Effective For Depression
Many people suffering from depression can find a natural and effective way to treat their symptoms with acupuncture, according to the latest study.
German Auricular Acupuncture: Effective For Your Patients
Auricular medicine as developed by Western medical doctors in Europe is a complete modality of diagnosis and treatment. Unlike body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture is treating the central nervous system rather than meridians.
Breathing Techniques To Resolve Patient Issues
When a patient of mine who has practiced yoga for nearly 30 years, told me that she was experiencing panic attacks, I was surprised. "After so many years of training, can't you turn them off?" I asked. "I do turn them off, but only temporarily," she replied.
The Shoulder Girdle's Importance to the Cervical Spine
The shoulder girdle consists of three bones: the clavicle, scapula and humerus. It is suspended at its posterior margins from the cervical and thoracic spine by the trapezius muscles, levator scapula, rhomboid, serratus and latissimus dorsi.
Acupuncture: The Key and Future of High Sports Performance
Acupuncture is commonly utilized in the intervention of pain and has also been gaining popularity in sports medicine. Athletes are treated with acupuncture for the relief of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and tendonitis.
Facial Rejuvenation: The Key to Exceptional Results
Acupuncturists make the best detectives. I know this first hand because I'm an acupuncturist and a private investigator and in both professions, there is a need to dig deep to solve the mystery.
B Vitamins May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
A study published in the July 2013 issue of the AJCN provides additional evidence suggesting higher nutritional status of certain B vitamins may be important in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
PCOM Symposium Celebrates 25 Years
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners and students, as well as providers representing various other health care disciplines, flocked to San Diego's Catamaran Resort Hotel to attend the PCOM Annual Symposium on Oct. 24-27.
Treating CTS and Wrist Tendinitis of Myofasial Origin
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common and most clinically significant of all nerve entrapment syndromes, present in 2.7 percent of the adult population.
Peer Points: In The Business of Herbs
When it comes to herbs, acupuncturist Cathy Margolin wants her patients and customers to know she is the expert they need. In order to do this, Margolin has studied the marketplace and incorporated key business lessons to build an herbal company that sells and markets herbs to the masses who may be skeptics.
Informed Consent and Your Practice (Pt. 1)
Earlier this year, The Back Letter gave extensive coverage to an article by Dagenais, et al., in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on informed consent in the chiropractic profession, calling it "perhaps the best article ever written on informed consent for low back pain."
Managing a High Protein Diet
One of the most common clinical presentations in today's clinic is patients following a high protein diet. It seems that every year a new version of a high protein diet appears promising weight loss and physical transformation.
Acupuncture Today Continues To See Unprecedented Growth
For the past decade, the profession has seen steady growth in stature with legislators and the general public. The growing presence of the profession has been directly reflected in the growth of our publication.
Where to Adjust: Best / Worst Tests
Wondering which methods are best (and worst) suited for determining the appropriate manipulation site?
Partnerships Leverage Power for Our Profession
While there are many recognized benefits and advantages to developing partnerships between organizations, the main reason why partnerships are established is relatively simple: There is added value in working together for a common cause or purpose.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Get on the Ball
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
As massage therapists, it's easy for us to get caught up in caring for clients; however, our work makes us especially prone to injury. This is why practicing regular self-care is so important, particularly when it comes to posture and body mechanics, both of which play a role in causing pain and injury to therapists.
The human body is made up of systems that work together to create balance and homeostasis. When one system is out of balance, it subsequently disrupts the other systems. For example, an individual with poor flexibility and a lack of strength will exhibit improper movement patterns that affect their posture, gait and ergonomics which, in turn, affect form (anatomy), which then affect function (physiology).
Dr. Vladimir Janda, a Czech neurologist, categorized muscles into two groups: those prone to tightness or shortness and those prone to weakness or inhibition. He states that muscular imbalance occurs when muscles become too short or too weak, and that the key to total balance is strength and length.
This brings me to my "Personal Daily Self-Care Program," which helps me build the strength, flexibility and balance my body needs to stay healthy. But I also like to have fun, which is why I use an exercise ball.
When I stretch on the ball, my breathing becomes easier, my muscles loosen, my rib spaces expand and my body relaxes. Spending a few minutes on the ball each day has greatly improved my flexibility, strength, coordination and posture.
Self-Care Tips for Using a Professional Exercise Ball
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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