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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
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?
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
A Call to Arms, Hands and Hearts
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
"There is hardly a people, ancient or modern, that do not in some way resort to massage and expression in labor, even if it be a natural and easy one."1 This statement may have been uttered in 1884, but it is still true today. At the beginning of the next century, physician and anthropologist Aleš Hrdlicka, who witnessed many births throughout North America, reported, "The assistance given is everywhere substantially the same, consisting of pressure or kneading with the hands or with a bandage about the abdomen, the object of which is to give direct aid in the expulsion of the child. The procedure, which is not always gentle, accomplishes very probably the same result as the kneading of the uterine fundus under similar conditions by the white physician, namely, more effective uterine contractions."2
Ritualistic touch and massage have been a part of the childbearing experience for countless generations in many traditional societies, particularly ones in which pregnancy is respected, labor is dignified and the new mother is revered.3 This month, Midwifery Today is presenting a unique conference outside of Philadelphia that brings nurturing massage techniques to the knowing hands of midwives and doulas. And massage practitioners are invited to learn techniques from the leading international midwives; techniques they can use in their prenatal, labor support, and postpartum practices.
As long as midwives have attended laboring women, touch and physical support have been a part of their skills and tools. Breech presentations were manually turned and labor was facilitated by the knowing hands of these very wise women. Different cultures may have different techniques, but the end results are the same: a dignified and wonderful birth. From ancient times until the 18th century, massage was employed during labor by midwives who were almost universally poor, uneducated but highly skilled women. Their practice included abdominal massage, leg and back massage and massage to correct breech.4
By the 1900s, doctors attended nearly half of total U.S. births and just about all births involving women who could afford to pay. Midwives assisted the poor who could not pay the doctors' fees.5 By 1950, nearly 88 percent of all women in America gave birth at hospitals.5
A renaissance of midwifery, the advent of feminism and a reclaiming of their birthright prompted women to return to midwifery care for their obstetrical needs in the 1970s. In 1980, a new movement reintroduced the noble tradition of prenatal massage to massage practitioners, childbirth educators, doulas and the obstetric community.6 As scientific studies continue to validate the beneficial effects of prenatal massage, pregnant women, as well as the once-reticent medical establishment, are embracing massage as an integral part of their prenatal and postpartum care.3
The Philadelphia conference breaks new ground as these two time-honored traditions merge. Ancient and new techniques from around the world will be offered to better serve birthing women. From massage comes loving, healing touch that can gracefully help women in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. From midwifery comes knowledge of physiology and emotional well-being. Mexican midwives will offer many exceptional massage and midwifery techniques.
According to Jan Tritten, the founder of Midwifery Today and a midwife since 1977, "As we know, there is no higher calling than helping mother/baby to have the best experience possible. We believe that tapping into the expertise of these two bodies of knowledge will help you assist birthing women even more magnificently."7
Please join us for this unique, groundbreaking conference. For more information, visit www.midwiferytoday.com.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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