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A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care. What does this have to do with massage therapy and why should you care? As care communities across the nation adopt person-centered policies and practices, they are finding that massage therapy supports this mission.
A Changing Culture
You can't appreciate why person-centered care is such a hot topic today without a glimpse of how nursing homes developed. In 1900, older adults were mostly cared for by family. Impoverished elders found themselves in local "poor farms" or "almshouses" known for bad conditions. Keep in mind the average life expectancy in 1900 was 47.
With today's life expectancy at 78.9, medical advances have made it possible to live for years with chronic illness. In 1954, a federal law provided funding for building nursing homes that were affiliated with hospitals. Those facilities were designed like hospitals which became the standard and most of these facilities adopted the medical model of healthcare.
CMS states its "vision for long-term care is that the system will be person-centered; that is, the system will be organized around the needs of the in-dividual rather than around the settings where care is delivered."
Person-centered care is a moral philosophy of care that honors individual history, personality and preferences in one's daily routine. The focus is on the person rather than on the illness or disability, and the person's voice is heard in decisions about how to best provide care.
We each have things that are important to us in our daily lives and how we would want others to relate to us.
To illustrate this, I'll use myself as an example. If I were in a situation where I needed long-term care, I would want my coffee and time for quiet read-ing in the morning, a bath at night, to be served fresh vegetables, to go outdoors often and watch the birds, listen to the music I love like James Tay-lor and Ella Fitzgerald, have a weekly massage and PLEASE no bingo!
Person-centered care is more than choosing our activities and the food we eat. At its core is community and the relationship between the elder and care partners. Planetree, a non-profit organization, facilitates person-centered care in healing environments. I especially like its holistic model of care and have abbreviated it for the purpose of this article. Their holistic model includes:
Best Practice in Culture Change
The Institute for Caregiver Education identifies massage therapy as a best practice in culture change indicating the following benefits:
As massage therapists, we know the positive impact of touch to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual quality of life. Isn't it wonderful that now the long-term care profession is recognizing what we have known for years about the benefits of massage? Look again at the holistic model described. As a massage therapist, how might you contribute to each item?
Become an advocate for massage in care communities.
Learn about culture change initiatives in your state. Most states have organizations dedicated to advancing person-centered care. A place to start is the Pioneer Network state coalitions. Go to www.pioneernetwork.net and click on "State Coalitions" in the menu where you will find a directory.
Educate care partners. Network with long-term care professionals and provide information on the benefits of focused touch and sensitive massage for elders.
Request massage therapy services. If your role is to find a care community for a family member, make it a point to ask if the community offers massage therapy.
Develop your skills in serving elders in care settings and start a program in a local community.
Culture change will impact all of us in some way. Perhaps it represents a career opportunity. We might have a family member or friend in a care community. Or maybe one day we may find ourselves in need of long-term care. Regardless, we each have an opportunity to contribute to this important shift in the care of our elders.
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