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Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
Questions From Readers
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
In a previous column, I invited questions from readers. Fortunately, I received some important questions and felt everyone might benefit from the information in the answers. I have received permission to use the names and questions that appear below.Again, please do contact me with any comments and questions you might have and I will answer you directly and, where appropriate, might ask to use your question as part of an Aromatic Message column.
My first question came from Angela Barker:
Question: "I just read your very interesting article on essential oils. Can any essential oils be used during pregnancy?"
Answer: Yes, essential oils can safely be used during pregnancy within certain parameters. There is some controversy over how cautious one has to be during this time. Some Aromatherapists are very conservative, while others are more liberal in this respect. Most would agree that if you don't have problems with bleeding during the first trimester, Lavender is safe to use throughout. One of the safety concerns is that essential oils pass through the placental walls into the fetus. Another is that essential oils affect the hormonal system and also stimulate processes in the digestive, elimination and reproductive systems.
If you decide to use essential oils, it's best to remember that and use less of the oils considered safe than you would in a regular massage blend (up to four or five drops as opposed to seven or eight drops of all combined oils in one ounce carrier oil). You safely can inhale Peppermint for morning sickness (however, best not to use Peppermint if you are nursing, as it can stop the milk flow). Floral waters (also called 'hydrolats' and 'hydrosols') can be used with more confidence as they are more dilute.
Later in the pregnancy, other essential oils considered safe on the body and in the bath are Rose, Neroli and Chamomile. In small doses, Geranium, Jasmine, Petitgrain, Patchouli, Mandarin, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang also can be used. I have had great success with a highly diluted blend of Rosemary and Lemon (1 drop each per one ounce carrier oil) used only on the feet and legs of a woman in her ninth month, suffering from decreased circulation and swelling. During labor, Clary Sage, Jasmine and Lavender help relieve pain, anxiety and assist delivery. Much of this information comes from "The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual" by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger. You also might like to read some other authors on the subject, Patricia Davis and Valerie Worwood for example.
Several questions came from David Ponsonby:
Question: "You have an interesting overview of aromatherapy in the current MT. However, I still find it difficult to make choices or blends. We see a lot of 'failed back syndrome' patients...everything hurts, all the time. They often have surgical scars and retained hardware. They can be 10 years post-surgery. We tend to feel there is a psychosomatic component. There might be aches, sprains and spasms as well. They might be unemployed and surviving on insurance and security payments. Women tend to be more sensitive to scents than men. Do we combine approaches so that the patient smells the scent (e.g. cotton ball in bra for females), as well as having it on their lumbo-sacral region? Or have it on their pillow, clothes closet...for longer term exposure? Some essences are quite expensive."
Answer: I would like to refer you to an article I compiled on treating Fibromyalgia with Aromatherapy on the NAHA Web site www.naha.org, as you say you feel there is a psychosomatic component and an overall chronic pain issue, and we explore this in the article on Fibromyalgia. Another suggestion is to combine Bach Flower remedies with essential oils, as they treat the mind. You can read more about Bach Flowers on my Web site at www.astralessence.com. Bach Flowers can be put into a treatment blend that your client applies themselves and might use in a bath. You would shift the vibration of the Bach Flowers if you apply this type of blend to someone else, so they need to do it themselves. You also can suggest Bach Flowers they can take orally.
As for blending, I believe you do need to learn the properties, but there is no substitute for your own sense of smell. In my classes, I teach blending with the nose as the final judge. Make a list of what you think you should be using based on the properties you either know or have found in a reference book. Before you add the essence, smell it and allow yourself to come up with a quick 'yes' or 'no' answer. Don't linger over the smell, if in doubt, 'no' is the answer. What is happening is that the limbic region of the brain is registering all the properties and the 'yes' or 'no' is the response you have to indicate if those properties are the ones needed, for yourself and for others. Smell each proposed addition along with the blend you have going before you put it in. You will know if you should add it and also how much of it you should add. If you get some 'no' answers, another essential oil, not on your list, might come to mind and even if you don't know why, if it smells right, put it in. It might be that you will discover the reason you chose it, either through a communication the client makes during the session or something you read about that essence later. Trust yourself. I highly recommend having books that address the psychological/spiritual aspect of essences such as "Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit" by Gabriel Mojay and "Subtle Aromatherapy" by Patricia Davis.
It's fine to fragrance a cotton ball if you are working on the psychological levels, stress, etc., but I would highly recommend using the essences in the treatment oil (you will notice I don't say lotion because you would need one that will totally absorb the essences and many won't do that). There is a powerful therapeutic effect when essential oils touch the skin, due both to their physical and vibratory effect. You certainly can give the client some of the blend to use at home.
You say some essential oils are very expensive and that is true, but when you figure the cost per drop, you will discover that even the most expensive essence is very affordable. A regular massage blend in one ounce carrier oil would contain up to seven drops of essential oils. The cost per drop is calculated by taking the price and dividing that by the number of millimeters (price divided by quantity) and then dividing that figure by 25 drops (the approximate number of drops in a ml). For example, if you bought 10 ml of Lavender for $14, you would divide $14 by 10 and have a price of $1.40 per ml. Then, divide $1.40 by 25 and you find that good quality therapeutic Lavender is a bit less than six cents a drop. You might use three or four in the blend, which would be 18 to 20 cents. Suppose you bought Rose at retail for $45 a ml. No need to divide by the number of ml, it's $45. If you divide this by 25, you get $1.80 per drop. Rose is a strong scent so you might add only one drop. When you realize your blend is now costing you $2, even using one of the most expensive essential oils, you find that this definitely is do-able.
I always would charge at least $5 or even $10 more for adding Aromatherapy to massage for both your material cost and your expertise. Even if you do an expensive blend occasionally, much of the time your blends would cost you a lot less than $5, even with the carrier oil figured into the price.
Question: "I still wonder about trusting my selection. Should the client select his/her own?"
Answer: No, the client should not select their own essences. Every inhalation is a treatment, so if the client is inhaling a lot of essences, they already are being treated and even over-treated. Try spending a little time blending for yourself or for friends first, and you will feel more confident. If you absolutely don't feel comfortable with blending after this, then you can opt for purchasing premixed blends for pain relief, relaxation, circulation or detoxification. You can ask the client to select one of those by the name and not by the smell. This is not my favorite way of treatment because there are more levels to each of those areas and each client is an individual, but a generic blend will do if necessary!
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