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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
By Editorial Staff
Elizabeth Arden Spas Introduce Progressive New Massage Program
During October's national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons and Spas launched its "Unlock the Cure Campaign," a company-wide breast cancer awareness program.As part of the program, the spa introduced the Elizabeth Arden Breast Surgery Massage, a 50-minute treatment touted as the first of its kind in a spa setting. The massage is designed especially for women who have undergone mastectomy and other breast surgeries to aid the healing and recovery process. The breast massage treatment will be available at select Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and Mario Tricoci Spa locations nationwide for $80 for a single treatment or $420 for six treatments.
This Poster Can Help Save Lives
The International Medical Spa Association (IMSA), Skin, Inc., and the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) have teamed up to sponsor a new poster, "The ABCDs of Melanomas." Its aim is to educate therapists and clients about the warning signs of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that affects more than 51,000 people in the U.S. each year.
The goal is for the poster to be displayed in medical and day spa treatment rooms internationally. "The therapists in the medical, day and resort/destination spas are in the unique position to serve as a first line of defense in identifying potential melanomas in the early stage, then refer their clients for appropriate medical diagnosis," said IMSA Executive Director Hannelore Leavy. "The poster will assist in the education of therapists and their clients regarding the early warning signs."
The poster costs $20.95 and can be ordered through the IMSA Web site at www.medicalspaassociation.com or by phone at 201-865-2065. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. Learn more about the Melanoma Research Foundation at www.melanoma.org.
Dental "Spas" Quickly Gaining Momentum
Getting people to visit a dentist can be like, well, pulling teeth. But some dentists hope to change that trend by introducing spa treatments into their practices. All over the country, "dental spas" are gaining popularity with the hope that offering services such as reflexology, aromatherapy and massage will help deflect patient fears associated with the dentist's office.
Shirley Brown, DMD, PhD, a practicing dentist and clinical psychologist recently spoke at the American Dental Association's 144th Annual Session, wherein she discussed the importance of creating a comfortable atmosphere for patients. "Over a quarter of adults surveyed said they hadn't visited a dentist in over five years due to fear of pain," said Brown in a release issued by the ADA. "Pediatric dentists [create] a happy, relaxing atmosphere for children's dental care by decorating their offices in bright colors and offering things like child-sized furniture, toys and fish tanks. Now, a growing number of dentists are creating the same effect for adults by offering pampering amenities," she added.
Clearly, the spa concept continues to grow in new and unique directions. For more information on this and other spa-related trends, visit the International Spa Association (ISPA) at www.experienceispa.com.
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