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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
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What Does Success Mean to You?
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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
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The Modern Acupuncturist
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The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
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Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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)?
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?
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.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Cameron West, CMT, of Fillmore, CA.
By Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB
Author's Note: Professional of Note is a column devoted to recognizing individual practitioners and what they are contributing to the profession. Each article will highlight a unique feature of a practitioner's professional practice.The purpose of the column is take note of people who are not necessarily nationally known, but who are nonetheless making a significant contribution to the field.
Imagine the most peaceful moment you have known in your life, and add that dimension to the experience of floating in warm water.
Cameron West, a person of spirit, fire and energy who is able to enfold and nurture you in a floating realm of peace and tranquility, (such as we like to ascribe to the time when we were in utero), can help facilitate you to that most relaxing moment.
Cameron is a 1980 graduate of the Santa Barbara School of Massage Therapy, and a California-credentialed teacher of adaptive physical education. To create her practice and business, Aquatic Integration, she has combined over 20 years as a massage therapist, over 15 years as an aquatics rehabilitation educator and Watsu practitioner, and over four years as an instructor of the therapeutic modality called Watsu, the coined acronym for water shiatsu, as developed by Harold Dull of California.
Watsu (WATer shiatSU), an aquatic bodywork modality that incorporates the stretches, pressure point massage and principals of zen shiatsu, utilizes the principals of water - natural buoyancy, resistance and warmth. Technically, Watsu involves neuromuscular re-education, utilizing gentle mobilization of the joints and soft tissue. The Watsu client is held and supported while being moved, floated, massaged and gently stretched in 96-98 degree water. The hydrostatic pressure of water helps to increase circulation, as the body is continually moved. Watsu emphasizes being with and trusting the body to seek its own natural balance. It is a process that can take place onan emotional and a physical level. During a session, the practitioner's awareness is drawn to the client's breath and natural movement, which guides the practitioner's work with the client. The "holistic" aspect of Watsu ensues from the experience of deep relaxation and nurturing in a session which can facilitate a meditative state, freeing the body from stiffness and painful areas, and allowing for more efficient tissue repair. As Cameron states:
It certainly initiated Cameron into taking the helm to chart a new course for her professional and personal life. Her work as director of Aquatics for Tri-Counties Easter Seals, Ventura, California, was a springboard to pursuing further options, working one-on-one with clients in the water to enhance their progress. Cameron decided to attend the Watsu Instructor Training Program at the School of Shiatsu & Massage in Middletown, California, and put herself on the focused course of becoming an Instructor. Cameron states, "I knew this modality needed to be more accessible and noticed in the therapeutic arena to earn its recognition as a valid aquatic therapeutic modality."
As a client of Cameron's, William D. Hervey, PhD, of Ventura, CA, states that "she is an exceptionally talented practitioner of the watsu technique. Over the 10-year period that Cameron has been treating me, I have never experienced any flare-ups with my rheumatoid arthritis after receiving Watsu, though I often experience flare-ups after dry-land physical exercise."
Cameron practices what she teaches, an optimum state of health for the individual, by incorporating self-care into her everyday life. She practices meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi and incorporates at least one of these forms into her schedule almost every day. She also exchanges an underwater dance technique called "waterdance" with her husband Greg, a writer and graphic designer. They learned waterdance as a means of enhancing their relationship via increased time spent together doing something they both love.
Cameron's professional acumen, her supportive spouse, and her joy as a parent of a school-aged son have facilitated the process of developing her goals in a holistic environment for herself and family. Cameron is quite excited as she recounts that:
Cameron is very dedicated and organized in creating innovative approaches to teaching watsu as well as implementing strategies in the water on her clients with and without special-needs. "I work on a wide variety but the population that I work with mostly includes those with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, low back dysfunction, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, and amputations. Waterdance with the amputee client is quite powerful because of the magnitude of stretch you can receive under the water. My reputation is primarily built on aquatic therapy rehabilitation and my ability to adapt techniques to clients' needs."
Cameron is clear about her aquatic course. Her short-term goal is to finalize a joint venture with an already existing state licensed massage school to establish a satellite school at her AquaZen Center. Watsu, waterdance, and adaptive technique classes will be on the schedule for students from the school to take as electives to include in their massage curriculum. She excitedly awaits approval for this venture from the state of California.
As I listen to her speak and see what she has produced, I sense her determination will obliterate that red tape. Cameron is already teaching Watsu and adaptive courses at aquatic facilities all around the country. She is also on the board of directors for WABA, the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association, (established by Harold Dull) and is very active in the creation and implementation of the association's educational standards committee, which oversees the development of the Watsu instructor training program.
I bet you need a Watsu, Cameron! Call your husband!
Click here for previous articles by Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB.
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