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Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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."
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.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
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.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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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