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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Enrolls Second Group Member; Focus on Chiropractic Education at WFC-ACC Conference in Miami; Are You Ready for Another "Have-a-Heart" Campaign?
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
Eight Ways to Help Manage Your Content
You have just completed your last session for the day, checked your voice mail and emailed a new patient about their appointment, but something it gnawing at you, something you just can't quite put your finger it on.
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Hon Lee: Scholar, Warrior, Spy, Teacher and Healer
It was fun. Growing up in New York's Chinatown was like living in a Chinese village that had been transplanted to a five square block area in southern Manhattan. The thing I liked most about the city, and still do, is it's rich cultural diversity.
Behavior as Symptoms of Energetic Imbalance
Karen and Josh said they wanted me to help them fix their marriage. That is why they were sitting on the couch in front of me, complaining about each other. She was too domineering, he said, overly controlling and bossy.
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
The Power of Positioning
During the evening, I like to relax while either reading a book or watching television. One of my shows, NCIS, has the main character always drinking coffee. Everyone knows it is a Venti from Starbucks because of its distinctive color and style.
What TCM Never Had to Deal With
You probably started getting a sense of it when you were in school. The professors would talk about diabetes as "wasting-and-thirsting disease" and you had a thought that you didn't know anyone who was wasting away in any way, shape or form.
Ancient Chinese Medicine Meets Modern Anatomy Dissection
Have you ever thought it would be beneficial to explore under the skin and examine qi deficiencies in every system of the body? Would you like to see traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis patterns as they relate to western biomedical symptoms and conditions?
Yo San University Celebrates, Supports Community Clinic
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine recently celebrated 25 years of teaching excellence and serving its community by awarding actor Pierce Brosnan the Robert Graham Visionary Award and raising money for its popular community clinic.
Treating Our Veterans with PTSD
As July 4th, Memorial Day and Veterans Day continue to pass year in and year out, we honor our veterans from past wars with parades, BBQs and a day off from work, but our veterans live daily with the spiritual scars of war.
MUIH Launches Doctoral Degree Programs
Maryland University of Integrative Health recently announce it will now offer doctoral degrees.
Body and Skin Rejuvenation Through Inner Balance, Equals Outer Beauty
First of all, I will draw a line in the sand. You know how there is often a big divide between the methods of Western medicine and holistic or energy medicine?
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
The Art of Observation
How many of us spend time just watching our clients walk, climb in and out of cars, rise from a chair or navigate a flight of stairs? Spontaneity is the key. Along with a subtle ability to observe without the client knowing or being made to feel like a lab rat.
Alcohol Consumption Strongly Linked to Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Alcohol intake is one of the primary risk factors for many human cancers, and is strongly associated with cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, and notably, the colon and rectum.
The Power of Vitamin K
You may have heard rumblings in recent years that vitamin K helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, and is administered intravenously by some integrative medical doctors who combine it with high-dose vitamin C in cancer treatment.
Cultivating Our National Strength
The time has come to seriously look at the state of this profession and its influence in the U.S. Where are we? What has happened? Where do we go from here?
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
The Art and Science of Pre-Event Massage
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
The term "pre-event massage" can be confusing even for sports-massage therapists. To some therapists, the application of pre-event sports massage can take place up to 48 hours before an event.I consider a pre-event massage one that takes place at the event just prior to the time an athlete is scheduled to compete.
Since the massage takes place on-site, a common question is whether the pre-event massage should happen before or after the athlete warms up. To answer the question, the therapist needs to understand the purpose of a warm-up. There are four important physiological effects of a warm-up: to increase the heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature; and to prepare the body's nervous system for strenuous activity.
Obviously, a pre-event massage done after the warm-up would defeat its very purpose; you would not want the athlete's heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature to drop while the massage is taking place.
Important Considerations of Pre-Event Massage
Ask the following questions when preparing to administer a pre-event massage:
A pre-event massage should assist in warming up an athlete's body; increasing blood supply to the muscles; preparing the neuro-pathways; assisting with joint mobility; and leaving the athlete feeling great.
Therapists should ask themselves what techniques they have learned that will assist them in providing a functional pre-event massage. The techniques I use most often are: friction to help warm the body; compression to increase blood flow to targeted muscles; and range-of-motion to prepare neuro-pathways and assist with joint mobility.
Each pre-event massage may require the application of a specific technique to make the athlete comfortable before the competition. A pre-event sports massage does not always have to be a complete routine; for some athletes, it may be as simple as rubbing an ankle or stretching a hamstring.
Sometimes the greatest benefit of a pre-event massage is psychological. It is helpful if you know how an athlete prepares for competition. Many athletes get nervous before competing; some become very talkative, while others prefer to sit quietly or listen to music. Anything you can do to calm and reassure them is extremely important.
Remember, as a sports-massage therapist you may be the last person to have contact with the athlete before they compete: What you say and do can have a powerful effect on his or her performance.
I hope this information has been helpful, and that you enjoy being a part of the massage- therapy profession.
Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
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