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Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
A Whole-Body Approach to Chronic Tension Headaches
Nearly every day in our practices, we see patients with chronic headaches that have not responded to traditional treatment. They present in our offices with a feeble hope that "maybe" a chiropractor can help.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
Hip Flexor Contractures & LBP in Above-the-Knee Amputations
Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AK or AKA) are particularly prone to developing hip flexor contractures. Not to be confused with muscle tightness, contractures are a permanent shortening of tissues which cause deformity or distortion.
Parker University Embraces New Era
Change is in the air at Parker University, which recently announced the selection of both a new president and a new consultant for its seminar program.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
How to Reach Your World With the Chiropractic Message
My latest effort to share chiropractic occurred in mid-May while I was sitting at an introductory parent information night for high schoolers. The IT instructor informed us that each student would be receiving a computer for all their studies.
Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
Billing Timed Services
Q: I do not always use physical medicine services but in my state I do have a scope of practice that allows me to provide many of these services. I am trying to understand what "direct one-on-one patient contact" means in relation to physical medicine services.
A Different Way of Looking at It
The way you and your chiropractic colleagues access information has changed over the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by Dynamic Chiropractic, almost half (48 percent) of DCs read online articles on their personal computer or laptop daily.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
News in Brief
NYCC Aggregates Degree Programs in New School; Palmer Chancellor Receives Education Award From ICA; Oklahaven Announces "Have a Heart" Winners.
The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
Living Well: Lessons From Our Oldest Old
Aging is a significant public health problem, important to chiropractors in practice and important to DCs who teach students training to become chiropractors.
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy and a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works.
Low Fat vs. Low Carb & the Power of Protein
A science-based website recently posted a nice summary of 23 randomized, controlled trials from peer-reviewed journals pitting low-carb diets against low-fat diets.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
Keeping Malpractice Allegations at Bay
It has been suggested that in the litigious environment in which we live, the practice of chiropractic should be defensive and practitioners should constantly be watching their backs. An element of defensive practice is a good idea.
Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
Infant Massage: A Bonding Intervention to Reduce Recidivism
"Human bonding does not occur in a single, magical moment in the delivery room – like falling in love, it is an ongoing process that matures over time." - Sharon Heller, PhD, The Vital Touch
Reducing recidivism is a major concern for all jails, prisons and correctional facilities. Recidivism refers to a person's relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person has spent time incarcerated or has gone through an an intervention for a previous crime. Statistics and data collected have shown that prisoners are likely to return to prison within three to five years from their release, or even sooner if certain barriers are not eliminated from their future outside of the bars. For those parenting from behind bars, certain barriers may include connection with their children and family. Many women give birth in the jail or prison system, while some fathers are incarcerated and never witness the birth of their child.
Prior to the 1950s, nurseries for female prisoners who gave birth while jailed were actually quite common. However, in the 1970s, every state prison and jail system except for just one had eliminated these nurseries, which were vital to support the efforts of keeping mother and child together. At that time, the only nursery which remained in continuous operation was found at New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While at the same time, in the 1970's, we saw a significant increase in the number of women incarcerated.
In one study, the University of Nebraska evaluated the nursery program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women and found that female prisoners who participated in the nursery program received 13% fewer disciplinary cases than those in the general population. In their five-year evaluation, researchers concluded that that women who were immediately separated at birth from their newborn children returned to prison at a rate of 33.3% within just five years after their release. The women who took part in the nursery program had a much lower recidivism rate of just 9%.
At the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW), the study conducted there showed fantastic results. Over a five-year period, 118 mothers and their newborns took part in the ORW nursery program. Following these five years, researchers reviewed the data to find that the three-year recidivism rate for women in the program was only 3% compared to an overall rate of 38% for prisoners in general population.
The research supports that, "effective parenting and strong family functioning — with warm effective bonds, high monitoring and consistent discipline — protect against a variety of antisocial and problem behaviors, such as involvement with delinquent peers and subsequent likelihood of gang membership and violence." (NIJ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formed a partnership to publish a book, Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership, 2013)
When a baby first arrives, the parent-child bond may begin immediately, or for some it may take some time to "grow on each other." One thing we know for sure is that bonding is essential for a baby and their family. In studies performed by Dr. Harry Harlow, newborn rhesus monkeys show that when given a choice between two surrogate "mothers," one made of terrycloth, the other of wire and had food, overwhelmingly the baby monkeys chose the mother that could provide warmth and comfort. It was found that the young monkeys clung to the terrycloth mother whether it provided them with food or not, and that the young monkeys chose the wire surrogate only when it provided food. They would eat their food and return to the terrycloth mother for comfort.
In other research studies, when baby rhesus monkeys were placed with mannequin mothers at birth, research showed that despite the efforts of the baby monkeys to get a response through holding and touching the mannequins, the lack of a parental response caused sadness, stunted development and failure to thrive in the young monkeys. Scientists suspect that lack of bonding in human babies may cause similar issues and presentation.
In the case of humans, most infants are ready almost immediately to begin establishing a bond with their parents. Parents, on the other hand, may have mixed feelings about it. Many parents feel intense emotions, of love and nurturing, within the first minutes or days after their baby's birth. For others, especially if there are other circumstances, such as the parent and baby are separated shortly after birth, as in the case of many incarcerated parents, this all important bonding may take a bit longer.
Bonding is a process and is not something that takes place within a few moments of time, or is limited to happening within a certain time period after baby's arrival. For many families, bonding happens naturally as the result of everyday care giving. Bonding requires nurturing and time, and it's never too late to enhance or promote these elements of the parent-child relationship. It is quite possible the parent may not even know it is happening until they observe baby's first smile, make eye contact, and suddenly realize they're filled with love for their new baby.
When a parent massages their baby, they are helping to encourage and nurture this bond. Techniques are adapted on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration and medical and emotional needs of the family. Parents are asked to:
Bonding between a parent and baby happens when the parent engages in meaningful interactions with their child, while at the same time respecting the baby's healthy boundaries. The warmth of skin-to-skin contact, recognizing each others smell and responding to the baby's needs, are all key components that help infant massage become a bonding intervention. When we respond appropriately to an infant and add interventions that support the parent-child relationship, we contribute to a lifelong bond of love and trust.