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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Even when a client's physiological state is the primary focus, it's important to take into account their life circumstances and current emotional state when making an aromatherapy blend. This approach includes awareness of subtle aromatherapy, one of the aspects that makes aromatherapy an art as well as a science. The practice is called the individual prescription, championed by French aromatherapist Marguerite Maury. The understanding is that the most effective treatment in the moment cannot be achieved by using a pre-blended, one-size-fits-all mix of essences labeled "relaxing," "pain relief," etc. The foundation of this system comes from the fact that each essential oil, along with physiological properties (such as analgesic, antimicrobial, detoxifying, sedative or stimulating) also has application for very specific life issues.
For example, chamomile is an anti-inflammatory that can be used to relieve gastritis, dermatitis, acute arthritis, muscle sprains, strains and so on. But we also may call on chamomile to treat the inflamed emotional state called anger, both expressed and repressed with signs of depression, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. (Contemplate the potential for repressed anger to generate the clenched jaw and chamomile could well be a specific ally for TMJ clients.) Geranium is another essential oil with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also promotes circulation and balances the female hormonal system with a specific therapeutic affect on the type of anxiety and depression which afflicts the Type A or workaholic personality. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic lemongrass is especially helpful where there is nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue and lack of concentration.
Allow subtle aromatherapy to create the individual treatment blend; that is, the "relaxing" blend for an older woman going through a difficult divorce will differ from one of a younger woman about to interview for a new job. The first would address potential issues of loss, rejection, low self-image,and anger. It might include rose or another of the floral notes along with lavender, chamomile or even the intoxicant clary sage to loosen the grip the mind has on the issue. The second blend would focus on mental clarity and uplifting encouragement, and veer away from sedatives that could interfere with performance. Citrus oils would come into play here along with a grounding essence like sandalwood or vetiver, and might include the flower jasmine for the capable career woman. All these oils have relaxing, anti-anxiety effects but the specifics make the important difference.
The same approach clearly reveals how a blend for back pain would differ for the client recovering from a recent car accident as compared to one who wants relief from a chronic condition before playing a sport. The first needs a pain-relieving essence specific for inflammation and spasm but also shock, anger and trauma. The second client needs pain relief that also provides circulation, stimulation and strengthening effects. Paying attention to these details will result in a truly effective therapeutic experience.
The intake form should include questions that will help pinpoint the individual circumstances. Ask what the client hopes to achieve through the aromatherapy massage and communicate: If you seek relaxation or stress relief to help choose the right essences for your needs, please indicate what you feel is the cause of your tension. Leave room for them to fill in the pertinent details. If they don't indicate anything here, dialogue with the client before making the blend can quickly reveal the life experience that creates their need to relax or what specific area of life holds stress for them.
A full understanding of the subtle properties of essential oils can be found in the following books: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, by Gabriel Mojay; Subtle Aromatherapy, by Patricia Davis and The Fragrant Heavens, by Valerie Worwood. Other books might list the subtle qualities along with the physiological.
As always, the nose (and the limbic region of the brain) makes the final judgment, so smell the essence before adding it to the blend. Read more about blending, specific essential oils and safety issues by searching previous articles on www.massagetoday.com.
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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