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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
Kneipp Hydrotherapy, Part II
By Nancy Griffin
Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part series on the life and work of Sebastian Kneipp. The information in this series is based on research from the Sebastian-Kneipp-Schule in Bad Wšrishofen, Germany.Part one of this article appeared in the June issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/06/17.html).
Sebastian Kneipp, believed to be the "father" of modern hydrotherapy, is famous the world over. Known as the "Waterdoctor from Wšrishofen," Kneipp developed over 100 different hydrotherapy treatments using three forms of water: solid, liquid and vapor, with treatments that included washing/ablutions; wraps; packs; compresses; poultices; affusions; steam; and baths.
Washings: Washings are the simplest and mildest treatment. The body is covered with a film of water using a washcloth. Additives, such as herbs, are often added to the water to create a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. When the body is covered with cold water, there is a brief vasoconstriction of the peripheral blood vessels, and a stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. The rapid reaction that follows is the increase of heat production, or vasodilatation through activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Wraps: A Kneipp wrap envelops a body part with wet and dry cloths that are either hot or cold. Effects are achieved through temperature, length of application and additives. Increased circulation promotes the removal of metabolic wastes and increases the oxygen supply.
Affusions: Affusions precisely regulate the direction of the water stream on the body. A "flar" affusion uses a stream of water without pressure, flowing in a fan-shaped form to coat the body or body part. A high-pressure affusion (such as a Scotch Hose) delivers a strong mechanical stimulus. The treatment is used with cold, tempered or warm water and can be delivered to the knee; thigh; leg; back; face or full body.
Baths: Kneipp baths, whether partial or full, are usually combined with herbal additives. A brush bath is a combination of a full-body brushing and a warm bath, which intensifies the treatment the general warming of the body and through the effects of the hydrostatic pressure. Additives to the bath can be stimulating or calming.
Some of Kneipp's more esoteric treatments include:
Effects of Kneipp Hydrotherapy
The effects of Kneipp hydrotherapeutic treatments are vast, and have been documented through decades of scientific research at the Sebastian-Kneipp-Schule. Some of the effects include:
Benefits of Kneipp hydrotherapy include: relaxation and general sense of well-being; muscle relaxation; increased excretion through the skin; stimulation of metabolism; stabilization of body warmth; regulation of blood pressure; activation of the immune system; and ameliorated circulation of the skin.
Education and Home Treatment
Lifestyle and health education are the most important part of Kneipp's doctrine. He believed in self-responsibility as a cornerstone of health. Many Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments can and should be repeated at home. Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments use ordinary water, which is transformed into "healing" water through the appropriate knowledge.
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