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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
What Are My Choices?
Herbs, Supplements, Oils and Aromatherapy Products
By Editorial Staff
You've invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be a successful massage therapist.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow? "What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer herbs, supplements, oils, and aromatherapy products.
A.C. Grace Company: A quality source of all natural unesterified, high anti-thrombic, high antioxidant (Gamma 42% per capsule) rancid-oil free Vitamin E for all physicians and health professionals. Consider dispensing UNIQUE E® direct to your patients. Arm yourself with the truth and experience the benefits of dispensing UNIQUE E® directly to your patients in your practice, and the benefits of using UNIQUE E® personally and in your family. Formulated in 1962 and founded by Roy Erickson. Phone: 903-636-4368; E-mail: .
Alternative Technologies: Phone: 866-885-6625.
Amazon Herb Company: First and largest exporter of wild-herbs from virgin Amazon Rainforest soil. Herbal formulas designed to balance and nourish entire body systems. Taken daily, provides a density of chemistry, nutrition and raw materials far superior to isolated nutritional supplements. Bio-energetic herbs sus-tainably harvested, hand inspected, never fumigated or irradiated. Success supported by finest research, backed by 40 years of fieldwork, combined with thousands of years of experience. Aids Rainforest preservation. Phone: 323-936-2376; E-mail: ; Web: www.rainforesthealing.com.
American Nutriceuticals: Manufactures some of the world's most effective nutritional products. Used therapeutically by physicians and in hospitals around the globe, our products include Tibetan and Chinese herbals, enzymes, immune support and detoxification formulas. Call for wholesale product package. Free info. Phone: 888-848-2548; E-mail: .
Arise & Shine: Famous for its internal cleansing program, the Cleanse Thyself(tm) program, and for the purity and potency of its nutritional supplements. Healers and health conscious individuals have relied on the high quality and efficacy of Arise & Shine products for over 15 years. Large selection of all natural internal cleansing, colon health, organ support, and specia-lized nutritional products; as well as over 100 herbal extracts. Phone: 800-688-2444; Web: www.ariseandshine.com.
Beauty with Nature: Great White Bottling Inc. / Beauty with Nature has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products include massage lotions, massage oils, massage balms, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Phone: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Bio Essence: Phone: 800-875-0798; Web: www.bioessence.net.
CA Botana International, Inc.: The creator and manufacturer of botanical skin and body care products Doctor D. Schwab, Sea Enzyme, and Ambrosia, for face, body, massage, slimming, spa and wellness. With over 40 years of in-house research, CA Botana has studied the effects of sea extracts, plants, herbs and vitamins and has integrated it with the latest skin care technology to satisfy today's skin care professionals. Phone: 800-872-2332; E-mail: ; Web: www.ca-botana.com.
Earth Trade Winds: Established in 1985, East Earth supplies Chinese herb products to health food stores, acupuncturists, and other health profes-sionals. We distribute Chinese patent medicines, bulk herbs, Sanjiu single herb extract powders, Long Hay Flat herb products, Evergreen Herbs products, Nature's Alchemy essential oils, and more. We have been recognized for our product quality and customer service by being listed in over 30 books as a supplier of Chinese herb products. Phone: 530-223-2346; E-mail: ; Web: www.eastearthtrade.com.
Evo2lution, Inc: A Florida Corporation that manufactures and dis-tributes high quality, cutting edge Oxygen-Aromatherapy systems in the well-being Industry. Clients reach a state of deep relaxation more quickly during the session and report feeling very energized, and alert the rest of the day following use. The effects of supplemental oxygen have been well documented; benefits include increased circulation, elevated mood, strengthened immune system, boosted energy and much more. Phone: 305-375-0508; www.evo2lution.com.
Get Healthy Again: Phone: 800-832-9755; Web: www.43Lac.com.
Ioba North America: Providing more than physical relief, 100% natural ioba oils are the ultimate rejuvenating therapy for healthier, softer and more youthful looking skin. Formulated in Switzerland to regulate moisture balance and rejuvenate skin, ioba contains more than 50% hemp seed oil (richest in EFAs and vitamin E), blended with jojoba, apricot kernel and over a dozen essential oils. Beautifully aromatic and non-greasy, ioba absorbs quickly while holding a smooth glide. ioba...for the ultimate massage! Phone: 877-462-2645; E-mail: ; Web: www.ioba.us.
strong>Mia Rose Products: Phone: 800-292-6339; Web: www.miarose.com.
Natural Wellness Centers of America: The NWC product line started in 1998. Founded by the naturopathic husband and wife team of John R Taylor N.D. and Marguerite G Taylor N.D. NWC specializes in whole food supplements, enzymes and probiotics as well as nutritional support for good health. NO synthetics, NO chemicals. All products utilize the L.E.A.D.S.® Live Enzyme Activated Delivery System® which is exclusive to NWC to insure nutrient delivery on a cellular basis. Phone: 888-207-3480; E-mail: ; Web: www.nwcproducts.com.
Natural Wellness® and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Established in 1996, provide you with tools and ideas for personal and professional growth to benefit you and your clients. We offer gels, lotions, music, DVDs, videos, books, nutritional supplements, heat packs and therapeutic equipment. The Institute also provides over 28 home study Category A continuing education programs, which are accepted by the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, Florida Board of Massage as well as most other state boards. FREE resource guide available. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.naturalwellnessonline.com.
NuNaturals: We specialize in a complete line of Stevia products including the new SoooLite line standardized for Rebaudioside-A. Our diabetic line includes sweeteners that will not raise blood sugar levels as well as products that help manage blood sugar levels. NuNaturals also specializes in brain, sleep, relaxation and cold-flu formulas. Our products are available either direct from the company. NuNaturals, Helping To Keep You Well. Phone: 800-753-4372; E-mail: ; Web: www.nunaturals.com.
Nutriscan: Offer added value with NutriScan™ customized nutrition program. NutriScan makes over 3700 scientific decisions to create a supplement package for your client. NutriScan has no costs or inventory, and you receive 25% of your monthly gross sales. Additionally, a licensed doctor reviews all orders, eliminating your liability. NutriScan's retention rate is over 78%! Phone: 800-818-7170; E-mail: ; Web: www.nutriscanregistration.com.
Orenda International: Founded in January of 2002 by Ray Grimm, George Hall, Robert Hall. Orenda International is a Bio Technology company that develops manufactures and distributes Bio health products. Orenda International exists to lift people by helping them to discover and develop their innate power to enhance the quality of their health, their thoughts and their lives. Phone: 800-690-2024; E-mail: ; Web: www.orendainternational.com.
Oriental Medical Arts: Specializing in granulated Chinese herbs custom mixed to meet your client's specific needs. Dedicated to helping you and your clients achieve the highest quality of life by offering the best that Oriental Medicine has to offer. Dr. Takei currently works with practitioners from various healthcare modalities throughout the country in determining an accurate diagnosis for your client through phone consultations and then sends traditional Chinese herbal medicine to the practitioner to provide to the patient. Phone: 505-306-3155; E-mail: ; Web: www.omworks.net/drtakei.
Scents And Oils: Dolores is a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. She has a website specifically dedicated to this art form. She is an independent Young Living Oils distributor and has partnered with several other companies to provide oils, workshops, software and an NCTMB accredited program available on CD for Massage Therapists. Phone: 239-826-6960; E-mail: ; Web: www.scentsandoils.com.
Seasilver®: Distributed by Total Nature, Independent Distributor, ID# N-1000-1438. Seasilver®is a whole food (plant-based) nutritional supplement with a proprietary formula of ingre-dients and proprietary processing techniques. Seasilver®works in perfect harmony with Nature. Seasilver® is, by design, the centerpiece of a Foundational Health Program. Phone: 800-773-6993; E-mail: ; Web: www.totalnature.com.
Spinal Touch Formulas: Supplies chiropractors and other health care professionals with high quality, natural, professional strength, supplements that are reasonably priced. Our products were formulated by chiropractors with expert knowledge in herbs, homeopathy, and Chinese medicine. Our product line takes a holistic approach to nutritional supplementation by providing necessary micronutrients the body needs to maintain good health. Phone: 800-421-5443; E-mail: ; Web: www.spinaltouchformulas.com.
Soylutions To Health, Inc.: Soylutions skin and body products are a line owned by a NCBTMB Massage Therapist who is an advocate of socially and environmentally responsible products, such as soy. Soylutions, (vegan friendly) is an organic soy and olive oil based skin care naturally filled with vitamin E as well as essential oils. Soy is a healing ingredient, nourishing the skin with antioxidants that repair dry damaged skin and prevent skin from the elements. Phone: 847-854-5434; E-mail: Web: www.soylutions.com.
TH Stone: Phone: 866-680-5149; Web: www.thstone.com.
United Pacific Manufacturing: Phone: 800-790-4888; Web: www.goacupuncture.com.
Young Living Essential Oils: Founded by Gary Young in 1993, Young Living Essential Oils is world renowned for exceptionally high-quality essential oils, dietary supplements, personal care products, and other unique solutions for healthy lifestyles. Is one of the world's leaders in the cultivation, distillation, and production of organically grown, guaranteed pure essential oils. Phone: 239-826-6960.
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