Functional neurology by Beck is at the forefront of a new direction in chiropractic, with a shift away from orthopaedics.
Written by a Carrick Institute instructor, Functional Neurology complements any chiropractic neurology course nicely.
This is the book that Dr Nicole Oliver D.C. reaches for most often in her clinic. Says she, "It's a bit sad I know, and heavy going, but neurology is just the subject that interests me most as a chiropractor."
Dr Oliver's comment raises an interesting point. Should we as Chiropractors be apologetic for our interest in Neurology. Or, is Chiropractic really more about Neurology than it is about Osteology?
Where should this book be filed? Under Medical? Or under Chiropractic? I'm going to pass, and put it under both.
The title of Dr Beck, D.C.'s text will of course enrage the purists in our profession. Is Dr Beck a Chiropractor, or a Manual Therapist? Or, is he simply being pragmatic and trying to reach a wider audience?
Not having read the book (yet), if I may put my oar in. Sharing knowledge with other professions is obviously absolutely above board, but teaching other professions our Chiropractic techniques is distinctly below the belt. But that's only my opinion.
Functional Neurology Practitioners' Manual Therapy gets a strong recommendation from Dr Oliver, and Professor Carrick too.
Tietze's syndrome, like all conditions can cause mild and very serious chronic costosternal pain. In it's full blown form a palpable lump may form over the joint.
Tietze's syndrome also affects the sternoclavicular joint and hence may disturb the brachial plexus causing paresthesias in the arm.
Orthopaedics, neurology and biomechanics, chiropractic is today a broad profession in the healthcare spectrum. Costo-sternal pain is very common condition at the coalface.
Trauma to the chest, even a bad dose of bronchitis, or shower of sneezes, not only affects the costospinal joints, but via the intercostal nerve is mediated along the whole length of the rib to the sternum.
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Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.
It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.
In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.
Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?
The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.