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Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
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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