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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Fit for the Spotlight
By Editorial Staff
At some point in life, everyone dreams of being a star. But few understand the toll maintaining star status takes on your body. Learn how leading lady Elizabeth Loyacano, star of "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular," uses massage and healthy lifestyle choices to stay fit for the spotlight.
MASSAGE TODAY (MT): Can you give us an idea of what a day in your life is like?
ELIZABETH LOYACANO (EL): I wake up in the morning and work out before breakfast, which can involve running, working on the elliptical or lifting weights.I vary it day to day. When I get home, I eat breakfast/lunch, read or run errands and go to the show. I arrive at the theater at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. I put on my makeup, vocalize, do a light workout to wake up my body, and get ready for the show.
"My health care philosophy is to do things that are smart - eat well, exercise regularly and do things that diminish stress in your life."
MT What do you normally eat?
EL I'll eat an egg white omelette with spinach, reduced-fat feta and smoked salmon. Sometimes, I'll have egg whites and turkey sausage, or a small salad as a fiber source. The costumes are so tight, so as a singer, I have dinner after the show ends.
MT Do you take supplements or herbs to take care of your body?
EL I take a multivitamin everyday. I'm 30, so I also take calcium. Mostly, I try to eat well by watching my carb intake and drinking lots of tea and purified water. I eat a lot of salads and vegetables like bell peppers, which have a lot of vitamin C.
MT You mentioned you use massage therapy as well. How does it help you?
EL I have massages regularly, but it depends on the need. I go at least once a month, sometimes twice a week. I'm a huge proponent of Epsom salt baths, chiropractic care and massage therapy to release the muscles in the back.
Since I have scoliosis in my back, a pelvic girdle that is slightly off and a prior injury, I get pain in my back regularly. As Christine in the show, I have three rough falls onto the floor and I want to make it real, so I fall pretty hard. I'm wearing 2-3-inch heels and clothes draped in front of and behind me, and in the final fall, my costume weighs 25 pounds. I seek out massage therapy for relaxation, but primarily, I seek it to break up knots or recurring back problems that I can feel on stage.
I seek out massage therapy for relaxation, but primarily, I seek it to break up knots or recurring back problems that I can feel on stage.
MT Can you summarize your health care philosophy for us?
EL The most important things are:
You should exercise 3-5 times per week to keep your metabolism high and keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Yoga is a great workout, and meditation benefits your spirit and your mental health. All of those things assist your physical health.
My health care philosophy is to do things that are smart - eat well, exercise regularly and do things that diminish stress in your life, from yoga to reading a book.
MT What advice would you give to younger actors/actresses or people who aspire to follow in your footsteps?
EL Follow your instincts for what truly drives you and inspires you to be on stage, because it does involve struggle and instability. If you're going to do this job, you have to take extra precautions in taking care of yourself, because those things can only help you reach your goal. Discipline, commitment, dedication, a positive attitude and support are the most important things.
MT What are your current aspirations?
EL My aspirations involve film and television. In college, I was a film major. I dreamt of filing taxes as a dancer, and I did it. As I became exposed to the career of a dancer, I began to see that I had to become a triple threat to go further on Broadway; I had to be able to dance, sing and act. I narrowed my goals to become a lead on Broadway, which I got to do in the role of Mina in "Dracula." I was able to originate the role of Christine in "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular." As I've gained experience, I'm more invested in acting, so I'd like to move into film and television, but also keep my roots and originate a role on Broadway in New York.
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