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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
Aromatherapy for Clients With Special Needs
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
In previous articles, we've explored some myths about aromatherapy and focused more on the idea of using essential oils safely. This article will continue an exploration of using aromatherapy in massage treatments for clients with special needs.
When I went to massage school in 1984, cancer was a contraindication for massage.No questions, no exceptions. Today, we are aware of the great benefits massage can have for a client with a cancer diagnosis, and less convinced that massage will cause cancer cells to migrate to other areas of the body. With certain exceptions, such as cancer of the lymphatic system, massage therapists routinely see clients in all stages of cancer and even provide relief in the hospice setting.
How does the use of aromatic essential oils during massage affect clients with cancer? For the most part, they will have the same positive effects for the cancer patient as for other clients, with one notable exception: the client engaged in a course of chemotherapy.
Aromatherapists Jane Buckle, Ann Percival and Pam Conrad are RNs who have studied this issue and worked with many clients in active chemotherapy. As a result of their observations and research, it's suggested that because essential oils can compete with the receptor sites for chemotherapy, essential oils can be applied in massage up to two days before a chemo treatment, and then should not be used for nine to 10 days after chemotherapy is administered. At all times during the chemo regimen, keep the dose of essential oils low by using only two drops per ounce of carrier oil or lotion.
It's felt that inhalation to counteract accompanying nausea is acceptable. Peppermint can be inhaled unless the client has cardiac problems or is on the chemo drug 5FU, as peppermint enhances absorption fourfold. Ginger also relieves nausea, but it can reduce clotting time. Spearmint is another choice which is considered especially good for children. Essential oils of carrot seed, lavender, helichrysum and geranium are beneficial for the skin after radiation treatments. These same essences help reduce the formation of scar tissue.
There has been research on the use of essential oils to prevent and treat some forms of cancer. One such research paper can be found online at www.positivehealth.com/article-list.php?subjectid=49. Although this does not fall into our scope of practice, if we avoid diagnosing and prescribing, there is no problem in simply knowing the benefits of essential oils that contain monoterpenes and using them in your massage blends. The monoterpenes are found in the essential oils of many plants, including: lemons, oranges, grapefruit, caraway, dill, bergamot, peppermint and spearmint. People contact these monoterpenes in their diet on a daily basis; they are found in grasses and tomatoes and are associated with vegetables and some evergreen trees.
As we already have learned, citrus oils have many helpful properties, but expressed oils (squeezed from the rind) have phototoxic properties and should not be used before exposure to the sun. Steam-distilled oils are safer and bergaptene-free. Bergamot can be purchased without the phototoxic elements.
Caraway and dill-seed oils should be used in small amounts and highly diluted, as they are known skin sensitizers and are toxic at high levels. They are contraindicated for use with pregnancy, babies and children. Mint oils also should be highly diluted due to skin sensitivity, and avoided during pregnancy.
The psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of essential oils are of great value for the client with cancer or any life-threatening illness, as well as for those who are experiencing the illness of someone dear to them. The "evergreen" oils (pine, juniper and cypress) carry the message of everlasting life and relieve excess emotion. Frankincense and lavender bring a calm sense of protection and connection to spiritual strength. Mandarin soothes the inner child. Marjoram, bergamot and rose calm the heart and lift the burden of grief.
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