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Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Aromatherapy for Clients With Special Needs
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Continuing on the topic of safe use of essential oils, it is important to know some of the current perspectives on using aromatherapy during pregnancy and childbirth. This is one area that holds some widely differing opinions.I personally have known a woman who went through two "perfect" pregnancies while working full-time in a small aromatherapy shop making blends and pouring oils, and then delivered beautiful, healthy babies. Still, I believe it is better to be safe than sorry when treating this emotionally sensitive client population.
As part of the safety information contained in The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Volume I, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger writes:
Distillation water, which results from the method of steam extraction of essential oils, is commonly called a floral water, hydrosol or hydrolat and would not be appropriate for massage. For the purposes of relaxation and lifting the spirit, Sheppard-Hanger suggests using the following essences in small doses: geranium, lavender, neroli, rose, jasmine, petitgrain, patchouli, mandarin, Roman chamomile, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Salvatore Battaglia, in his widely used text The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, cites research from another publication that suggests the main cause of infant mortality is premature birth, in which stress plays a major role. Because of this and the heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, conscious and caring use of aromatherapy can be of great benefit. The use of essential oils in bath, inhalation or room diffusion also is suggested.
For backache, Battaglia suggests spike lavender, cajeput and lemon, which will relive pain and tone muscles supporting increased weight. For morning sickness, inhalation of ginger, lavender or spearmint is suggested. For constipation, try chamomile, neroli, sweet orange, tangerine and black pepper. For leg cramps, try geranium, lavender, cypress, ginger and black pepper. For edema, try a foot massage or soak with grapefruit, sweet orange, geranium, tangerine or lime, as applicable.
When using the essences in the massage blend for pregnant clients, the more diluted the essence, the better. Do not exceed the normal 2 percent solution (approximately 7 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil). I have used even less than this to great effect for a client in her eighth month, suffering with leg pain and fatigue due to circulation problems (not deep vein thrombosis, which is a contraindication for massage and requires prompt medical attention). I gently applied light effleurage with a mixture of rosemary and geranium (1 drop each into half an ounce of carrier oil). I gave her what I had left over, and her daughter applied this for her at home. She reported great relief. I also found that a blend of two drops of lavender, one drop of sandalwood and one drop of ylang ylang bestowed relaxation, relieved lower backache and produced a state of peaceful euphoria for pregnant clients, particularly those in the last trimester.
Aromatherapy is a great support during childbirth. Some essences are known to strengthen and deepen contractions and at the same time, relieve pain. Others remove anxiety. Jasmine is a famous aid in the labor room, often combined with clary sage, lavender, chamomile and neroli or rose.
English aromatherapist Patricia Davis says that neroli (also called orange blossom) is the first aroma the newborn should experience. The beautiful, gentle essence of neroli has strong spiritual qualities and is calming to the smooth muscles of the intestines, while it facilitates easy breathing. Neroli can be diffused in the labor room, where everyone will benefit along with the baby or the receiving linens can be fragranced with a few drops or a spray of neroli hydrosol.
If a client is suffering from postnatal depression, Battaglia recommends the essential oils of bergamot, rose, neroli, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, frankincense, mandarin, patchouli, rosewood, tangerine, vetiver and/or ylang ylang.
As always, your clients will have a preference or dislike for some aromas and could have sensitivity to certain essences. Screen for these, use proper dilution methods, and you will add a welcome aromatic support to your pregnancy massage.
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