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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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
Parkinsonism Redux: The Movers and the Shakers of the World
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
My last article on Parkinsonism generated more feedback than usual, and it was wonderfully supportive of the positive influence massage can have on the lives of people who live with this disorder (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/14.html).I heard from so many people with such wonderful things to offer that I decided, instead of moving on to another topic, I'd recap what some of they had to say. The fact that I am listing these resources and techniques is not an endorsement, and I haven't explored them myself; however, I encourage interested readers to get more information from the organizations provided here. My heartfelt thanks to all those who wrote, and in particular to the people quoted below, who quickly and enthusiastically gave me permission to use their letters in this article.
I have worked with many people over the years with Parkinson's and other chronic illnesses both in my private practice, and as part of my work as supervisor of the massage therapy program at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Colorado. Through this work I have developed a particular style of bodywork called Comfort Touch, which is safe and appropriate for the elderly and the ill, and easily adapted for those in medical settings.
I demonstrated on a volunteer as she sat in a chair, explaining the rationale behind the techniques I use (slow, broad, encompassing pressure directed into the center of the part of the body being touched, e.g., nurturing acupressure), and then I had the participants practice a simple sequence - shoulder, arms, hands - on each other. They were all so enthusiastic about the work. Those receiving the touch felt it to be very relaxing, and the givers of Comfort Touch felt it enjoyable to give. In just a few minutes, they felt calmer, more grounded, and a bit more hopeful in coping with their disease.
Mary Kathleen Rose, BA, CMT
I am surprised that you did not mention Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute in your article. This would probably be of interest to some of the readers. We have been the certified geriatric work modality since the early 90s, and have published many articles on working with many challenges, including Parkinson's and ALS. We teach beginning and advanced levels of classes. I, along with four other teachers (all are RNs or OTs, as well as massage therapists), teach about 60 workshops per year both nationwide and internationally.
Sharon Puszko, PhD, CMT
Shortly before my husband was diagnosed, I took several short-term training courses in massage therapy. I began giving him regular weekly massages. Not much happened. He felt a lot better after the massages, but not really that much better than you or I would feel.
About a year later, I took a weeklong massage course, where in the process of the training, I gave and received a massage every day. It was that daily massage that made an impression on me. I felt so much better after seven days of regular massages that when I got home, I told my husband that was the program I felt he should go on - daily massage (by the way, my husband takes no chemical drugs to treat his condition). As I am sure you can guess, the daily massages I gave him brought about remarkable changes, including restoration of facial expression; 90 percent elimination of tremor; sleep patterns returned to normal; handwriting improved; aches and pains almost completely reduced; and continued improvement of joint movement.
Although the PD was still progressing, we both felt that we had slowed its progression down. I continued with the daily massages for one year, after which time I discovered the FSR. (Forceless Spontaneous Release put forth by the Parkinson's Recovery Program in Santa Cruz, Calif.) In the early days of his condition, the daily massages made all the difference. I know they helped him and he knows they helped him. There were three factors that were essential that I would like to share with you: 1) Deep work was detrimental; 2) Very slow movements were essential; and 3) One massage a week didn't do a thing. He needed at least one massage a day.
My mother is one of many Parkinson's patients undergoing treatment. There is discussion online at , which can be browsed, joined or queried. They have found that studies indicate in Parkinson's the brain areas thought to be dead are dormant, with undifferentiated cells, which can be brought back and the patient becomes "symptom free," undiagnosed as having Parkinson's - the best one can say, because the medical establishment categorizes Parkinson's as "incurable." This categorization itself is quite debilitating for people who have the condition, which the practitioners at pdrecovery.org prefer to call "reverse of the stomach channel."
I was a massage therapist for 21 years. When I moved back into my parents' home to help them; one of the reasons that help was needed was my father's Parkinsonism. His lower legs and feet were in great need of massage but were exquisitely sensitive. I began by working gently on his quadriceps, which let him understand the pressure and motions that would eventually be used on his calves and feet.
I proceeded after a week to "shank work" and finally incorporated his feet. He was happily surprised at how his tolerance for touch increased, and I cherished the half-hour sessions for all that I received during them.
Thank you for your article in Massage Today. In addition to informing your readers, it led me down a lovely memory trail. PWP rely upon a sense of humor to help them meet challenges. As "they" like to write in their listserv group: always remember, "People with Parkinson's are the real movers and shakers of the modern world!"
Deanne Charlton, retired massage therapist
To all of these contributors, I owe great thanks for their generosity and dedication. I am humbled to be in the same business with all of you.
Readers: Next time I will continue in the CNS dysfunction vein with an article on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. I'd like to hear from anyone working with clients who live with this disease to share your experiences with other readers. Please write to me and let me know what you do and why, if it works, and why you think so.
As always, many blessings,
Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB
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