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Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Stuck With Positioning in Seated Massage?
By Lee Chaffee
I feel a need to address the subject of client positioning during seated massage. I hurt for those clients I've seen in airports, malls, and wherever chair massage is administered, who are positioned with necks over-contracted, shoulders up to their ears, and severely arched low backs.No wonder there aren't lines of people waiting to jump aboard! Just as a client cannot be expected to climb onto a massage table, lie down, and have everything "comfy," a seated massage takes some adjusting. It takes being familiar with your chair and "sizing up" the client.
Get familiar with your massage chair. Open and close it several times, and position your friends and family in it, adjusting for different body builds, before you attempt to sit a paying client in it. As clients enter your room, notice their height, weight and proportion. Sizing up clients will become easier with practice. For the comfort of the client, the neck muscles need to be elongated, not contracted. This position also gives you the ability to get your hands in between the upper traps and base of the occipital ridge.
Observe the positional needs of the client throughout the massage, since it can change based on the amount of pressure applied. Usually, asking the client to put his or her chin a little closer to the chest will correct any loss of position. If the neck is contracted after a few moments of applying pressure to the back, the client will usually end up with a headache. Would you want to pay a minimum of one dollar a minute to obtain that result?
This is how I help direct clients sit comfortably in my massage chair: First, I tell them to sit, then kneel on the kneepads and place their hands on the armrests. Then, with me standing in front of the chair with all levers unlatched (no matter what brand of chair I'm using), I ask them to put their chin to the chest and aim their forehead for the top of the hole in the face cradle, applying a little weight until they feel comfortable. Then I lock the face cradle in place.
Next, I check the client's shoulders to make sure they are not too high or low. I also make sure that the traps are not too contracted or over-stretched, and will raise, lower, or angle the chair's arm rest accordingly. If the chest plate is adjustable at an angle (as well as for height), make sure it is not pushing in on the diaphragm. Doing so can cut off a client's breath and may cause them to faint. I prefer a 45-degree angle, if possible.
The position of the knee rest is up to the clients, as to whether they feel comfortable with their feet touching the floor or not. Usually, if they are not comfortable with their toes touching the floor, they can slide their knees forward. On some chairs, the knee rest comes off.
On some chairs, the seat adjusts but not always to my height. If possible, and if it does not disturb the client's comfort, I prefer the seat of the chair to be a bit higher than my knee. I have found that this height works for any modality. Experiment with this aspect of chair adjustment so that you and your clients are as comfortable as possible.
With a little adjusting, clients can also sit face-forward in a massage chair. I have used the chair this way when clients want work done on their face, head and shoulders. The client carefully sits backward on the seat and leans back against the chest rest, while the headrest is brought up as far forward as it will go. Most chairs have an added adjustment to bring them forward for larger clients. I hope these suggestions have helped. Happy seated massaging!
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