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It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
June 16, 2004
Stone Massage and Cancer
By Sonia Alexandra, LMT
In 2003, massage therapy generated $4 billion, yet it has taken decades to bring us to where we are today. One contributing factor to this tremendous growth are new and innovative spa treatments.One of the fastest growing and frequently requested modalities is stone massage. As its effectiveness has become known, this therapy has become increasingly available in spas, salons and resorts, and in a most unlikely environment: hosiptal oncology departments.
There is something wonderful about a warm, aromatic stone placed on the body. The relaxation process begins immediately, showing us that through deepest relaxation we can reconnect directly to our inner most self. The more relaxed we are, the more effective the treatment results. The application of massage in conjunction with warm stones helps dissolve stress, increase circulation and induce systematic changes on both localized and systemic levels, greatly relieving stress issues that most people experience.
The alternating use of warm and cold stones is quite beneficial since the stones effectively facilitate decongestion when directly applied to the tissue by directing blood flow to other areas of the body, and increasing metabolism and elimination. This method is also effective in the treatment of edema and can be incorporated as a remedy to aid in soothing headache, relieving muscle stiffness by stimulating the healing process -- something every cancer patient can greatly benefit from.
Stone Massage Day
Obviously, massage cannot cure cancer; however, research has shown that a variety of touch modalities, including stone therapy, positively affects some cancer treatement side-effects, including fatigue, insomnia, pain and nausea. Many of us have seen the devastating side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and radiation deplete the body's immune system and traumatize every cell. Cancer weakens one's hope and slowly separates a patient's body and soul.
Stone massage is a source of calming, soothing and nurturing. This gentle loving touch aids on every level, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The devastating side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation and drugs leave patients dependent on their weekly massage sessions to help them cope.
In many hospital oncology departments, stone massage days are warmly welcomed. An increasing number of oncology departments nationide have lifted restrictions related to massage and cancer patients; however, one should be properly trained before becoming involved in this groundbreaking area of massage. Contact the American Cancer Society for more information.
Some tips when utilizing stone massage with cancer patients:
Remember, sessions will vary per patient and doctor recommendations must be strictly followed.
The therapeutic effects of warm gentle stone massage can be invaluable, no matter what stage of cancer a person suffers from. Just to see the smile of a patient's face as we apply our hands with warm aromatic stones, can be immensely rewarding.
Since cancer will likley affect all of us at one time or another, nature's gift of stones in the hands of a skilled therapist can produce profound change on many levels. What a difference we can make.
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