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ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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!