Practice Central Have you ever read a story or a book, only to come to the end and feel like it had no ending; no cliff hanger, no idea if there will be a sequel—just nothing? Similarly, the documentation story of your patient’s active treatment deserves an ending, too. All too often, the story of a longstanding patient in your office is simply a run-on accounting of every time they’ve been to see you over the past 10 years.
Research Results Fairly recently, researchers have discovered that the human brain has the ability to form new neural pathways. This opens the door to an expansive new treatment opportunity for chiropractors—the brain-injured patient. The brain is the most complex and mysterious organ in the human body. Historically, neuroscientists believed that the human brain’s structure and functions were essentially “fixed” or unchangeable by the ages of 17 to 19.
Clinical Concerns Modern technology is truly amazing. In the palm of your hand is a device that has the ability to bring you information and entertainment in an instant. On any given day, you can look around in public places and see people engrossed in their mobile devices. Smart phones have taken over daily life and, although they bring some useful benefits, there are physical problems that can come from their use as well.
Case Study Human telomere length (TL) is affected by genetic and environmental factors. TL decreases with age and is considered a biomarker of biological aging. Research has shown that TL is associated with disease and dysfunction throughout the body as well as mortality. Additionally, lifestyle choices such as diet, tobacco and alcohol use, physical activity and sleep habits have been shown to affect TL.
Feature The workplace stereotype is that all employees dream of becoming their own boss, of striking out on their own to open their own business and call their own shots. Not William Updyke, DC. The California chiropractor had his own practice for 10 years and taught at Palmer College of Chiropractic West, but now he’s an employee at a worksite health clinic for a tech company in San Jose, and he couldn’t be happier. “It’s been better than I expected it to be,” he says.