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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
Stimulant Essences, Part II
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Editor's note: Read "Stimulant Essences, Part I" in the May issue at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/06.html.
This article will continue an exploration of the properties and uses for the stimulating essential oils.Used alone or in combination with sedative oils, the qualities of stimulant oils make them powerful allies in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, and whenever there is a need for a warming, invigorating effect and increased circulation. Many of the stimulant oils are powerful antibacterial and antiviral agents that help in the prevention and treatment of common infections. And many stimulant oils have a detoxifying effect, as well.
With one notable exception (eucalyptus), the stimulant oils have had a long history as cooking spices, used not just for their taste and aroma, but also for their healing properties and to help preserve foods before the advent of refrigeration. Their familiar aromas will bring up memories - one of the effects of aromatherapy. Hopefully, they are good memories that include a sense of feeling nurtured and satisfied. (In case you are wondering, birch has been an ingredient in chewing gum, and birch beer and juniper berries are used in the distilling of gin.) Because these oils are potent, it is best to use a small amount in treatment blends. In most cases, one to two drops in an ounce of carrier oil is sufficient. High dilution will also prevent potential skin irritation (See my previous columns for more information on the uses of basil, bay, sweet birch, black pepper, clove and eucalyptus).
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is familiar as a kitchen spice and used by herbalists as a warming stomach tonic. In massage, ginger has analgesic properties, which help relieve muscle cramps, spasms and sprains, and combat the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. Ginger gives energy and a positive attitude.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is classified as a "euphoric" - a quality that makes it useful for all types of stress. It relieves headache, migraine, jet lag and exhaustion. Grapefruit has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system, and a cleansing effect on the kidney and vascular system, making it a good oil to use for detoxification and weight loss.
Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a major essence for detoxification, having a tonic effect on liver, diuretic properties that relieve common fluid retention, and a decongestant effect on intestinal mucous. Because it helps the body eliminate uric acid, juniper is used for arthritis and sciatica. It is also a common ingredient in after-sports massage blends to keep muscles free from painful stiffening. Juniper also clears excess emotion.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Stimulating and revitalizing, lemongrass is helpful in the prevention and recovery from colds, sore throat and laryngitis. It stimulates circulation, has a toning effect on muscles and helps elimination of lactic acid, which makes it a good choice for pre- and post- sports massage or pain from overexertion. Lemongrass is also helpful for symptoms of jet lag, headache, tired legs and general fatigue.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) helps regulate perspiration. It will cool you down if you're hot, but also provide warmth if necessary. A versatile oil, peppermint is famous for protection and regulation of the digestive tract; it is also a cold and flu preventative, and clears congested sinus. Peppermint is an analgesic and relives muscle pain as well as headache and migraine. It revitalizes and clears the mind and is helpful in cases of shock and vertigo, driving long distances, or studying for long hours. Caution: like the famous jalapeno pepper, peppermint will cause intense burning if it contacts the eyes and mucous membranes, so keep it well away from these areas and wash your hands after use.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) was inhaled in Egypt, Greece and the Middle East to combat pulmonary infections. It is used in soaps as a deodorant and disinfectant ("Pine Sol," for one). Like peppermint, it can warm or cool as needed. Pine stimulates circulation and is indicated for rheumatism and arthritis. It has a decongestant and antibacterial action on the skin but can also be very irritating, more so as the oil ages. Pine, like juniper and cypress, is in the evergreen category and is helpful for people dealing with grief and transition issues as it imparts the image of everlasting life. This is also why the pine tree was the focus of the winter solstice celebrations that predated its use at the Christmas holiday.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is the most commonly used stimulant essence in aromatherapy. Rosemary increases circulation, including the brain and scalp so it is said to enhance memory and encourage hair growth (not from male pattern balding but from congested for muscles, headache, dysmennhorea and has many of the cleansing properties of juniper. Rosemary helps tonify the skin, and relieves congestion and bruising. It is said that rosemary should be used with caution where there is high blood pressure and epilepsy.
Some blending tips: The combination of rosemary and juniper with lavender is a favorite for massage. To this, one might add eucalyptus and lemon or sandalwood. Rosemary, marjoram and birch are an effective combination for arthritis flare-ups (Don't use this birch blend on a continual basis.) Peppermint and helichrysum help soothe the pain of sciatica. Rosemary, juniper and lemon are a good detox blend, especially after overindulgence in food or drink.
As stated previously, more drops of stimulating essences will create an overall stimulating effect, while more drops of the sedative oils will create a pain relieving, relaxing blend. Seven drops total in 1 ounce of cold pressed nut, seed or vegetable oil is the usual ratio for regular massage. Remind your client that the essences will keep working for up to 24 hours, and a rosemary/juniper blend will increase the experience of detoxification. It's always best to avoid consuming more than one glass of alcohol after an aromatherapy massage.
Click here for previous articles by Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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