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Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
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.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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!
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
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.
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.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
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.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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.
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.
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