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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.
March, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 03
Sports Massage in the Spa Setting
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
I recently attended an American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools conference. In one of the organized sessions, a question was asked about what aspect of the profession drives the profession the most.Is it the massage therapists, the schools, the continuing education providers, the employers, or the product manufacturers? I really think the answer is that a little bit of influence from all the groups changes the profession on a daily basis.
Late last year, I had an opportunity to provide an in-service training at a beautiful destination spa in St. George, Utah. The Red Mountain Spa is an ideal place for active people to enjoy a vacation while learning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, golf and many exercise classes. While you're there participating in all the physical activities, you have to eat healthy, so the chefs prepare delicious and balanced meals. The Spa at Red Mountain is rated one of the best according to Spa Finder Magazine.
So, does Red Mountain drive the massage profession, or does the massage therapist working at the spa enhance the experience of those enjoying Red Mountain? I would say a little of both. Red Mountain shows great insight in providing their therapists with the proper training to keep their guests completely satisfied with the treatments given.
While I was there, I went on an intermediate hike and mountain biked up Red Mountain. I wanted to know from experience what the guests would feel like after participating in those particular activities. During the hike, I learned that a lot of the hiking is done in soft sand. Walking in soft sand causes the heel of your foot to sink lower than the toes, which means your shins work overtime pulling your body out of a hole. During the bike ride up the mountain, I realized that for a Florida boy, the air going up the mountain gets a little thin. It makes you feel a little lightheaded and weak. I also learned that riding down the mountain is a lot more fun than riding up the mountain.
The massage therapists working in the spa need to know those kinds of things in order to treat the guests properly. Knowing which activities the guest has participated in, and what parts of the body those activities affect the most, are extremely important in providing great massages.
Many guests might not be in the greatest shape to participate in the type of activities they offer at the resort, so they probably will experience DOMS. DOMS means delayed-onset muscle soreness. It's caused by participating in activities that cause microtrauma to the muscle tissue, which increases pressure and sensitivity due to swelling. Deep-tissue massage or heavy-handed sports massage techniques during DOMS would not make the guest feel very happy due to the discomfort.
Just teaching sports massage technique and sports massage routines does not properly prepare a massage therapist for providing effective and safe treatments in a destination spa with highly active guests. They must understand the physiological effects exercise causes in the body and what massage techniques are most effective for treatment.
Spas know they must train their massage therapists to provide safe, effective and enjoyable massages to their guests, or it's not good for business. So employers, educators and massage therapists in a cooperative effort will continue to push massage therapy to a constantly evolving, new and better place. What could be better than practicing sports massage in a beautiful place like Red Mountain!
Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
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