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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Leaving on a Jet Plane
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
I just came back from the airport, and judging by the crowds, it appears that more people are comfortable with flying again! With $300 fares to England or $600 to Japan, how can we resist? Make sure to clip this article if you think that wanderlust may take you more than an hour or two outside of your time zone.A client who is headed off to a faraway destination might appreciate you passing on these tips!
The secret to getting over jetlag is to reset your bodyclock to the time of your destination. Our body has a circadian rhythm in which different meridians are more active at certain times of the day. Our bodies know when we need to wake up, eliminate, eat, study, etc. We can use acupressure points to tell our body when we need to do these things at different times due to time zone changes. This simple technique will save you many muzzy-headed days while your body tries to figure out what is going on. Make it easy on yourself and energetically tell your body where it is on the globe and what it needs to be doing!
Each of the 12 meridians has two hours when it is strongest. There are certain points on each meridian called Horary points that resonate with that meridian in particular during that time of day. Points relate to each of the Five Elements on each meridian but the Horary points are the element of that meridian's element. For example, Lung is Metal, Lu 8 is a metal point so Lu 8 is the Lung meridian's Horary point, the Lung meridian's, "be all you can be" point. So Lu 8 is the point that you want to stimulate during the Lung time of day of the place you want to reset your bodyclock to.
As soon as you reach the airport and have settled in and are waiting to get on the plane, reset your watch for the time at your destination. For example, if you are going from New York to San Francisco and it's 7 a.m., set your watch for 4 a.m. and visualize that indeed it is that time. Some like to imagine a Luis Bunuelish clock with hands turning quickly backwards but I like to feel that time of day. For 4 a.m., I picture the quiet darkness getting ready to reveal dawn. While I am doing this, I press Lu 8 for about two minutes with either the edge of my thumb or a retracted ballpoint pen. As I am pressing the point, I am breathing deeply with intention and in my mind, I am in San Francisco at 4 a.m., the Lung time of day.
Continue this way for the next 24 hours or longer if you are still in airports and changing planes. (I will never forget my "bargain" flight to Japan that took 36 hours!) You don't have to remember to stimulate the point exactly in the middle of the two-hour time period, although those with the technical know-how to set their watch to remind them will have an easier time of it. (That type of technology is beyond me!)
Seasoned traveler Pamela Ferguson has an entire self-shiatsu routine to be performed at regular intervals during your flight. If you start to feel claustrophobic, look above your head, expand into that space and stretch. Squeeze the back of your neck and the top of your shoulders. Knuckle-rub right below the outside of your knee. Take off your shoes and rub the bottom of your feet and ankles. See her Self Shiatsu Handbook for detailed instructions of this wonderful routine and may more self-care techniques.
Throughout your whole trip, remember to drink lots of water to keep yourself well-hydrated. Avoid alcohol and coffee. When you arrive, make sure to walk outside in the moon or sunlight to adjust your biological clock. Be absolutely sure not to look back on the time zone you are coming from until you are ready to return. The worst thing to do is say, "Well, in my time it's 2 am." You'll be undoing all of the reprogramming you're working on!
Using this technique, I have flown half way around the world without missing a beat. I remember calling my son when it was noon in Thailand and midnight in Maryland back home. I walked around the street markets and temples until 7 pm (still pressing my points), went to sleep that night and got up early for class the next morning refreshed. Try it and see what a huge difference it makes the next time you travel!
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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