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Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
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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