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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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