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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
Massage at Preschools and Schools
"Children Who Massage One Another Do Not Fight!"
By Rolf Elmstrom
Rolf Elmstrom is the former headteacher at the Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the largest alternative medicine schools in Europe.Mr. Elmstrom currently oversees several projects for Axelsons, including international education programs and portions of the institute's massage therapy program. This article is Mr. Elmstrom's report on an ongoing Axelsons project that incorporates massage in preschools and grade schools in Sweden.
In modern society, stress has become a serious problem. The tempo of life has accelerated and we always seem to find ourselves short on time. We communicate more and more using technology and machines. Much of our children´s natural play time has been replaced with sitting in front of the TV, watching videos or playing games on the computer.
We must not forget that everyone needs physical and psychological contact with other people. Physical contact in particular gives nourishment to the giver and the receiver.
The Touch Research Institute in Miami, Fla., has conducted significant research on the importance of touch; in Sweden, Professor Kerstin Uvnœs-Moberg has shown that levels of the peace-and-calm hormone oxytocin increases with touch, while at the same time, levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreases. Touch is the first sense we develop; it is of vital importance to communication and learning.
Together with Kerstin Uvnœs-Moberg, from the Karolinska Institute, and Professor Annelise von Knorring from the Psychiatric Clinic for Children in Uppsala, Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute has conducted a study involving 150 preschool children. Among other things, this study clearly shows that with massage:
Why Did Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute Start the Project "Massage at Preschools and Schools"?
After considerable contact with the Touch Research Institute, we realized just how important massage is. We felt it important to spread this knowledge, particularly to young people, and therefore we started at kindergartens. We have trained about 8,000 teachers throughout Sweden in the past five years. Every day, we hear reports of what a great difference massage makes in the children´s groups:
The following are comments from children involved in our program:
The Axelsons Institute organizes courses for all people who work with children. The purpose of these courses is to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to introduce massage in schools. The courses include elementary massage; how to massage; the strokes used; where and when not to massage; how often you can massage; etc. Course participants learn how to give and receive whole-body massage and massage sitting on a chair; how to massage children and how to teach children to massage one another; and how to integrate massage into everyday schoolwork.
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