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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 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Iridology and Massage
By Karen E. Jones, LMT
Welcome to the launch of "Stay in Touch with...," a quarterly column designed to provide a brief introduction of a particular technique or modality.
If you would like to contribute to this column, contact the managing editor, at .
If you have never heard of iridology, you are not alone.When combined with massage therapy, iridology is an excellent modality that has given me a new way to treat clients. It assists me in identifying and applying techniques to specific areas of the body that need attention in order to restore energy, and physical and emotional balance; it serves as an alternate pathway to support, nurture and revitalize areas of concern during a massage therapy treatment.
Years before I started applying iridology to my practice, I heard a story about a European scientist named Ignatz von Peczely. As a young boy in Hungary, Ignatz captured an owl in the family garden to keep as a pet. The owl fractured its leg while attempting to escape. Ignatz studied the owl and noticed a black spot that had developed in the owl's iris that he had not seen there before. The experience must have made an impression on von Peczely's young and inquisitive mind, because later, when he noticed a similar mark in a man's iris, he remembered the encounter with the owl. Thus began the development of what is now modern iridology, a study accepted and practiced by medical doctors in Europe today, and gaining popularity in the United States.
Iriodology is the study and analysis of the neuro-optic reflex, observed on the iris of the eye. Iridology is the art and science of revealing pathological; structural; functional; and emotional disturbances in the body. The iris can reveal information concerning an individual's inherited and acquired tendencies toward health and disease, his or her general condition and the state of every organ. In short, the iris is a blueprint or microstructure of the entire body. Iridology cannot detect a specific disease, but it can tell if an individual has an excessive or deficient activity in a specific area or system. It complements the practices of massage therapy; herbology; acupuncture; homeopathy; naturopathic medicine; energy bodywork; reflexology; Chinese medicine; and other various types of natural therapies.
The International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) [formerly the International Iridology Research Association] offers this insight into iridology:
This is an exciting time to discover alternatives in the health care field. Massage therapists can enhance their work, provide the best service, and open new horizons by incorporating iridology into their practices.
For more information on iridology and becoming a certified iridologist, contact the IIPA at 888-682-2208.
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