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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."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
For Pets and Practitioners, Animal Massage is a "Paws"itive Experience
By Rebecca J. Razo
Don't be alarmed. Just as an increasing number of people are turning to massage therapy to treat everything from injuries and chronic muscle pain to migraine headaches, so are they utilizing massage to treat the animals in their lives, whether domestic or working companions. And much like their human counterparts, the animals are responding well.
According to Animal Massage and Therapies (AMTIL), an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of massage and other holistic therapies for animals, massage therapy assists animals in many of the same ways it benefits humans by increasing flexibility and circulation, aiding in pain relief, enhancing performance, and promoting general health and wellness. AMTIL also notes that massage can "restore enjoyment of touch to animals whose history includes abuse or neglect; provide early detection of conditions requiring veterinary care; and deepen bonding and trust between animals and their caretakers."
Jonathan Rudinger is the developer of PetMassage™ and founder of The PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio, a unique training facility that offers workshops for pet owners, veterinary practitioners, and other massage therapists. PetMassage is a gentle technique that incorporates variations of traditional massage, acupressure, positional release, Healing Touch and animal communication - a combination that helps facilitate a "spiritual connection between owners and their pets," according to Rudinger.
"Massage involves major interaction between people and animals," Rudinger says of the differences between massage and petting. "Petting is sort of mindless. [Massage] involves intention and the specific use of techniques. It is mindful and respectful; [the animals] need you to be totally focused."
With this in mind, Rudinger's institute recently created an indoor labyrinth, which not only helps dogs increase their flexibility and awareness, but also enables pet owners to embark on a spiritual journey with their beloved furry friends. The PetMassage Institute is also home to WaterWorks: a doggy health club that involves the application of advanced massage techniques in an indoor heated swimming pool.
The PetMassage Training and Research Institute is also thought to be the only national organization currently conducting valid animal massage research. The institute learned how to conduct research projects with the guidance of Dr. Tiffany Field, a leading massage therapy researcher with the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami's School of Medicine.
To date, the PetMassage Training and Research Institute has evaluated two dozen dogs and will publish its findings after several hundred dogs have been thoroughly studied.
The animal massage phenomenon has also captured the attention of the mainstream media. Over the last year, dozens of articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the country have profiled massage therapists who work with animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and even elephants.
In February, an article from the AFP newswire in New Delhi, India, featured a story about American massage therapist Elke Riesterer, who works with elephants at the Oakland Zoo, in Oakland, Calif. Riesterer was invited to work with several elephants in captivity in an elephant colony near the Indian capital. Using a technique called "touch healing," Riesterer begins by working on the elephants' feet, proceeding up each leg and eventually working her way to the ears, face and tail.
Though animal massage is slowly but surely building steam, some states prohibit anyone other than doctors of veterinary medicine from practicing, effectively limiting the field for many aspiring animal massage therapists.* Nevertheless, those who do work with animals find it very rewarding.
"The future is going to be exciting," Rudinger enthused. "I predict there will be more animal massage therapists than groomers and trainers in the next 10 years because it has value, is available and affordable."
*For more information about your state's laws regarding animal massage, click here.
Visit the following Web sites for more information on animal massage and holistic animal therapies.
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