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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
Stimulant Essences, Part I
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
In my previous article, I discussed some of the major sedative essential oils for relaxation and pain relief ("Essential Oils for Pain Relief." Feb. 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/02/08.html).But for those clients who require pain relief without relaxation and sedation, or have conditions such as arthritis, the properties of the stimulating essential oils will be of greater benefit. These highly aromatic essences have the ability to increase circulation, detoxify, and bring warmth and energy to affected areas, making them useful aromatic tools for therapeutic and sports massage.
There are more than a dozen commonly used stimulant essences. Those with application for joint and muscle pain relief are: basil, bay, sweet birch, black pepper, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemongrass, peppermint, pine and rosemary. Stimulant oils can be blended with sedative oils for a more balanced experience or to add certain properties. The resulting overall effect will depend on the ratio of stimulant to sedative oil used. For example, a blend of lavender, rosemary and basil would be more stimulating than a blend of lavender, rosemary and sandalwood. Or, if using a sports massage blend of lavender, rosemary and juniper, a ratio of four drops lavender to one drop rosemary and one drop juniper will be more relaxing than two drops of lavender to two drops of rosemary and two drops juniper. Consider the first, more relaxing blend for a post-sport's massage, the second and more stimulating blend for a pre-match massage.
The qualities particular to each individual essence, along with its aroma, will indicate which one to use in a given blend. Because the stimulant oils are potent and can be irritating, especially for those clients with sensitive skin, it is best to use them highly diluted; that is, a small number of drops in a blend. Always dilute these essences in carrier oil before allowing them to contact the skin. Six of the commonly used stimulating oils are profiled below. Ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemongrass, peppermint, pine and rosemary will be profiled in the next Aromatic Message.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) relieves headache and migraine, is tonic to the respiratory system, and helps relieve distress in the upper digestive tract. Basil stimulates blood flow and is thought to lower levels of uric acid in the blood. These properties make basil effective for joint pain, general muscle pain and deep muscle spasm. Basil also sharpens the senses and helps clear the mind, so remember basil when you are doing a relaxing, pain-relief massage on someone who has an event shortly after a treatment that demands focus and concentration - a meeting, an exam, a golf game, etc.
Bay, or Laurel (Laurus nobilis) stimulates appetite and settles the stomach while it is tonic to the liver and kidneys. Combined with juniper, bay is used for rheumatism, muscle pain and sprain. It can help remove congested blood in bruises, and lower inflammation and scarring in wounds. Think of bay if you are doing head and scalp massage for its stimulating action that clears dandruff and congestion of hair follicles.
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) is an invigorating, pain-relieving essence with diuretic properties. Birch removes uric acid accumulations in the joints making it a good choice for the treatment of arthritis. It also relieves rheumatism and muscle pain, and helps the body release toxins by stimulating the sweat glands. Birch has high levels of methyl salicylate, the pain-relieving component in aspirin. It is a very powerful oil, best used highly diluted in acute situations for a short period of time.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a very stimulating essence that gives courage and vitality. It relieves muscle aches, pain and stiffness by dilating blood vessels and bringing circulation to the area. It promotes digestion and elimination and helps detoxification. Like other stimulant oils, black pepper is helpful to warm up muscles before participation in sports. Like birch, it is best used in small doses and for short periods of time.
Clove (Eugenia carophyllata) is an antibiotic digestive essence that has also been used in perfumes as an aphrodisiac. It has a long history of use for pain relief in dentistry and also relieves rheumatism, arthritis and tension headache. Clove is best used on a local area, as opposed to full body. It is uplifting and strengthening.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a familiar aroma that conjures the idea of medicine. It is cooling and decongesting and has the most pain-relieving effect when combined with juniper and lemon. Use the aroma of eucalyptus in a sports or pain-relief blend to encourage the image of healing and relief for the client.
Editor's note: Check out the new online Aromatherapy Center hosted by Shellie at www.massagetoday.com/topics/aromatherapy.php.
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