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Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Hands-On Learning in the Dissection Lab
While the opportunity to perform a full body human dissection is rare, a growing number of massage therapists, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medical practitioners, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other providers are entering the anatomy lab. Hands-on dissection engages the senses in ways that cannot be reproduced in the classroom, online, with software, textbooks, videos, DVDs, charts, models, x-rays or listening to podcasts. Graduates leave the lab with a new level of knowledge. They feel more confident to assess, educate and treat their clients. They chose to learn by dissecting because it uniquely integrates a multitude of sensory stimuli including sight, touch and sound.
Dissection allows you to see and touch the structures that form (anatomy) the human body and understand how they function (physiology). The experience fundamentally changes your understanding of human structure and refines your palpation skills. Graduates say the experience transforms their treatment style and approach.
Students dissect each layer, superficial to deep, comparing each structure, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time. Everyone in the lab has personal goals and structures they want to investigate. Interests include fascia, muscles, bones, joints, nerves, vessels, organs and how they function together. Many attendees want to examine the rotator cuff muscles, how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy, the relationship of the sciatic nerve to the piriformis muscle or how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles are part of the Achilles tendon.
Typically, the specimens have undergone a number of surgeries, some structures may have been removed, repaired or replaced. Students scrutinize the scare tissue from various surgeries. Over the decades, we have seen a wide diversity of surgical procedures including; coronary bypass and valve repairs; spinal rods, total and partial joint replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder, bunionectomies, hysterectomies, bowel resections, meniscus repairs, carpel tunnel releases, and the list goes on. Many of the specimens have been diagnosed with problems in the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, lymphatic, digestive and/or nervous systems.
The people that donated their body into the willed donor program are just like our clients in life; they were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. Their occupation was bus driver, teacher, homemaker, law enforcement officer, railroad worker, firefighter, mechanic, electrician, nurse and postal carrier. Their gift allows us to study clinical anatomy, see the variations, the effects of aging, surgeries and the results of disease. We are very grateful for the knowledge they chose to share. In respect to their exquisite souls, we begin and end each full body dissection workshop with a dedication to "Our Silent Teachers."
Donors are rejected if a contagious disease exists such as virulent herpes, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis or some cases of senile dementia. Other conditions include crushing injuries, decomposition, severe obesity or emaciation. Most programs require the entire body so if an autopsy has been performed or organs have been donated the specimen is excluded. However, depending on the program, surgeries like coronary bypass, hip and knee joint replacement, bunionectomy, spinal fusion, laminectomy, etc. are not an issue. These donors are excellent examples for students to see and learn clinical anatomy while having a hands-on understanding of its application.
Anatomy labs are equipped with special ventilation systems that are designed to continually exchange existing air in the lab with fresh, filtrated, air multiple times an hour. Air quality is monitored.
The temperature in an anatomy lab is usually cool. Students typically wear scrubs and layer accordingly. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to offset the time standing on a hard surface.
You will be amazed how fast you refine your dissection skills. Instructors review the anatomy and correlate its clinical significance, while guiding you through the dissection. All cavities of the body are examined including the cranium, chest, abdomen and vertebral canal.
If you find textbooks and videos on human anatomy fascinating or want to return to dissection exhibits such as Body Worlds or BODIES, then you will feel comfortable in the dissection lab. I have been dissecting at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida since 1993 and learn something new every time I enter the lab.
Performing a full body dissection is a major educational milestone and life experience. The knowledge gained is invaluable. What structures do you want to see, touch, compare and learn more about? Write your list and I look forward to seeing you soon for some hands-on learning in the dissection lab!