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A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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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!
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.
A History Worth Telling
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CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
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.
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.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
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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.
News in Brief
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Chiropractic Research in Review
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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.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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