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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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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