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Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
July, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 07
Pelvic Pain from The Adductor Magnus
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Living with pelvic pain is a daily occurrence for many people. It is very unsettling for a patient to have undergone countless medical tests and procedures with no clear source of the pain identified.Myofascial trigger points (TrPs) are one possible cause of pelvic pain. Trigger points 1 and 2 in the adductor magnus refer pain into the pelvic region (Image 2b and c). Let's talk about= the anatomy, trigger point locations, referral patterns and provide a link to an online video clip showing a treatment routine for the adductor magnus with the patient in a side lying position.
The adductor magnus is the largest muscle of the adductor group. It is tripartite, composed of three parts, an adductor minimus part, a middle part and an ischiocondylar or "hamstring" part (Image 1).The fibers of the adductor minimus part run almost horizontal. The fibers of the middle part run at an angle and the fibers of the isciocondylar or third part, run vertical (Image 1). Besides having three parts, the adductor magnus contains an opening.
The word hiatus originates from the latin term, hiare, to stand open. A hiatus is a normal opening in a membrane or other body structure. The adductor hiatus is an opening in the distal attachment of the adductor magnus muscle and is located just superior to the adductor tubercle of the femur (Image 1). As the femoral artery and vein pass through the adductor hiatus, their names change to become the popliteal artery and vein.
Two nerves innervate the adductor magnus muscle. The tibial part of the sciatic nerve supplies the ischiocondylar or "hamstring" part of the adductor magnus. This same nerve also innervates the hamstring muscles. The obturator nerve supplies the adductor minimus and middle parts of the adductor magnus.
Proximally, the adductor magnus attaches on the inferior ramus of the pubis, as well as, the ramus of the ischium and the ischial tuberosity. Distally, it attaches on the back of the femur, from the gluteal tuberousity to the adductor tubercle.
Since the adductor magnus has three parts, each with fibers pulling in differ directions and is innervated by two different nerves, the effects on posture and biomechanics are significant. For example, the middle part can rotate and tilt the pelvis, adduct and flex the thigh. While the ischiocondylar or "hamstring" part extends the pelvis. We will visit these dynamics in a future article. For now we will look at trigger points.
Trigger points can form in the adductor magnus for numerous reasons from physical trauma, activities like hiking, slipping on a wet or icy surface that causes the persons legs to extremely abduct, or from many hours of sitting in a hip flexed position on a plane, in a car or while working at a desk, to name a few.
Trigger point 1 (TrP 1) in the adductor magnus muscle is located at the level of the mid thigh. It refers an essential pain zone into the medial thigh, starting below the inguinal ligament, into the pelvic region, running distally to the medial knee (Image 2a - b), "X" indicating the common location of trigger points within the adductor magnus muscle. Solid red areas indicate an essential pain zone. Red dots indicate spillover pain zones. (Image 2 A-C) Trigger point 2 (TrP2) in the adductor magnus muscle is located proximally. It refers internal pelvic pain. Patients may describe the pain as referring into organs such as the vagina, rectum or bladder.
In addition to adductor magnus, other muscles with documented trigger points that refer into the pelvic region include the obturator internus, piriformis and obliquus internus abdominis, coccygeus and levator ani. Be sure you are properly trained, licensed and operating within your scope of practice prior to performing therapy.
I wish you the best helping patients with pelvic pain. If the cause includes trigger points in the adductor magnus, you now have information to provide a soft tissue solution. Here is a link to an online video clip showing a treatment routine for the adductor magnus with the patient in a side lying position: www.youtube.com/KentHealth.
Click here for more information about David Kent, LMT, NCTMB.
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