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When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
April, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 04
"Stay in Touch With ..." Lypossage
By Dana Tate
"Stay in Touch With ..." is a periodic column designed to provide an overview of a particular technique or modality. If you would like to contribute to this column, please e-mail .
Anti-aging, body contouring and cellulite-reducing treatments are becoming vital to the spa and massage therapy industry.Lypossage is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for most women.
Several years ago, I noticed an ad for Lypossage in a massage therapy publication. After looking into it, I found that Lypossage is a manual body contouring program that boasts the reduction of the appearance of cellulite, and as much as a cumulative loss of up to 11 inches of body mass. I wasn't convinced it had any merit at all. Haven't we all heard about "cellulite creams" and body wraps that make similar claims?
I cannot begin to count all of the women who would fall onto my table and plead, "Please rub this fat off!" Or "Can you massage this cellulite off my legs?" My response was always, "No, sorry; I wish I could. I'd be rich!" However, after laughing it off, I always went home and thought, "Why can't I do that?"
The ability to contour the body and smooth cellulite with massage made perfect sense to me. If I were to have enough visits with a client, and if I worked on said client with vigorous myofascial massage, deep tissue work, and a little lymphatic drainage, why couldn't it make a difference in at least the appearance of cellulite? Cellulite is something all women have. Unfortunately, though, these areas of the body tend to act as toxic waste disposal sites. When toxins are not expelled from the body, they have to be stored somewhere. If the "cottage cheese" look of cellulite is present, odds are that the body has stored toxins, and adequate circulation is necessary to get rid of them.
Massage therapist Charles Wiltsie, III developed the massage modality called Lypossage. This health-oriented modality was born from research done by Mr. Wiltsie titled, "Does Deep Tissue Massage Have an Impact on Dimension in the Hips and Thighs?" Thanks to his time and effort, Mr. Wiltsie took the guesswork out of body contouring with massage.
Lypossage is a very natural, non-invasive body-contouring program that reduces inches while leaving one's weight about the same. Lypossage is not for everyone, but most healthy women who have extra bulges and imperfections respond very well to it. Many women who look into liposuction as a means of body contouring prefer Lypossage because there is no surgery, no down time and no recovery involved.
The typical protocol for the Lypossage treatment is 18, 20-minute sessions (three times a week for six weeks). Its focus, according to the Lypossage Course Description found in the Lypossage training manual is "on structural integration through the manipulation of soft tissue, the lymphatic system, circulation, muscle tone and detoxification through the manipulation of soft tissue. It's also connected to Myofascial Massage and Complex Physical Therapy for Lymphoedema (CPT)."
Artevelde College and the University of Gent, Belgium, have done independent research on the effects of Lypossage. So far, Hilde Vandenbroucke, head of the research, has the following preliminary results: HDLs were elevated in the blood, LDLs were lowered in the blood, and total body mass was reduced by using Zone 1 in the study. Early results also show triglycerides elevated slightly.
Ms. Vandenbroucke stated, "I will start another research in February 2006. We will treat another 30 women during six weeks: 15 women only lypossage and 15 women only skin tonic. We'll take blood samples at the beginning of the research, after three weeks, after six weeks, after seven weeks and after eight weeks. The reason why we take a lot of blood samples is to get to know when triglycerides and HDL cholesterol in the blood start to increase and decrease and to get to know if lypossage or skin tonic have the same results on triglycerides and HDL cholesterol." This new research will also be done at the University of Ghent.
Lypossage can stand up to criticism. The massage modality is very successful, and if the protocol is followed properly, it achieves fabulous results. The training course is more than learning a modality; it's also a very good business, ethics, marketing and goal-setting course. The Lypossage body product line and the Esprit de Jeunesse skin care line are of very high quality and are cleanly manufactured with very few preservatives.'
Personally, I have never before seen one scientifically proven modality that is as effective at improving one's skin, fascia, muscles, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and overall health as well as Lypossage. For more information, visit the official Lypossage Web site at www.lypossage.net.
Dana Tate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in social science. She was trained for massage therapy in Honduras, Central America, and in Tupelo, Miss. She is the founder of Dragonfly Consulting, and has a successful massage therapy and bodywork practice (member AMTA). She also is an instructor of massage therapy, Lypossage, and Reiki in Tupelo. Dana can be contacted through her Web site: at www.tupelomassage.net or by e-mail: at "> .
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