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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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Iridology and Massage
By Karen E. Jones, LMT
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If you have never heard of iridology, you are not alone.When combined with massage therapy, iridology is an excellent modality that has given me a new way to treat clients. It assists me in identifying and applying techniques to specific areas of the body that need attention in order to restore energy, and physical and emotional balance; it serves as an alternate pathway to support, nurture and revitalize areas of concern during a massage therapy treatment.
Years before I started applying iridology to my practice, I heard a story about a European scientist named Ignatz von Peczely. As a young boy in Hungary, Ignatz captured an owl in the family garden to keep as a pet. The owl fractured its leg while attempting to escape. Ignatz studied the owl and noticed a black spot that had developed in the owl's iris that he had not seen there before. The experience must have made an impression on von Peczely's young and inquisitive mind, because later, when he noticed a similar mark in a man's iris, he remembered the encounter with the owl. Thus began the development of what is now modern iridology, a study accepted and practiced by medical doctors in Europe today, and gaining popularity in the United States.
Iriodology is the study and analysis of the neuro-optic reflex, observed on the iris of the eye. Iridology is the art and science of revealing pathological; structural; functional; and emotional disturbances in the body. The iris can reveal information concerning an individual's inherited and acquired tendencies toward health and disease, his or her general condition and the state of every organ. In short, the iris is a blueprint or microstructure of the entire body. Iridology cannot detect a specific disease, but it can tell if an individual has an excessive or deficient activity in a specific area or system. It complements the practices of massage therapy; herbology; acupuncture; homeopathy; naturopathic medicine; energy bodywork; reflexology; Chinese medicine; and other various types of natural therapies.
The International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) [formerly the International Iridology Research Association] offers this insight into iridology:
This is an exciting time to discover alternatives in the health care field. Massage therapists can enhance their work, provide the best service, and open new horizons by incorporating iridology into their practices.
For more information on iridology and becoming a certified iridologist, contact the IIPA at 888-682-2208.
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