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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
Make Your Table a Sanctuary
By Angie Patrick
In my previous two columns, I shared information about some of the products you use every day, such as lubricants. I also shared tips on how to choose the correct table for your specific needs. No doubt lubricants and your table are two types of products you work with every day. But there are a few other very important pieces of which you should be aware. These pieces are designed to provide your client with added comfort, adequate cover and the promise of cleanliness. These items are your table additives and dressings. In this article, I would like to share some ideas that can enable you to make your treatment table an oasis for your client, while maintaining proper attention to sanitation.
Not all modalities will require the same types of table dressing. Sometimes, all you will need is a sheet. However, in this article, I would like to focus on modalities designed for relaxation and stress relief. I would like to share some ideas that can change your treatment table from just a place to give massage to a healing and stress-melting cocoon of pure comfort and client pampering. (Sign me up!)
Your purely indulgent table should have a foundation of warmth. Table warmers or bed warmers are different from electric blankets. They typically are the size of the surface of your table and have multiple setting for levels of heat. There are a variety of types on the market from ones that are sewn into a flannel fabric to those encased in vinyl with a flannel cover. The vinyls are better suited for any treatment that introduces moisture, such as mud and wraps. (Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions before introducing anything that could conduct electricity. Make sure your specific warmer is made for this.) Still others are intertwined in a plush fleece fabric, providing cozy warmth and added cushioning.
Once you have a platform of warmth, you may decide you need a little more cushioning and pampering for your client. To add a bit more cushion to even the hardest table, add a fleece pad cover to your emerging cocoon. These can be made of natural wool, although, they can certainly be priced higher than some of their synthetic counterparts. One thing you will want to consider is laundering these pieces. The synthetic option is readily washable and usually can be dried on low heat. (Refer to the care instructions for the pad you buy.) This flexibility can certainly be a plus; additionally, you run less risk of a client having an allergic reaction to wool.
OK, so now we have a warmer and a fleece pad. This table is beginning to sound like a real retreat, but we still have a few more items that could truly make it a sanctuary. At this point, I would like to address an issue regarding a barrier between the next layer and the fleece pad. Since you will not want to launder the pad after each use, you will want to purchase a thin, impenetrable barrier that will inhibit cross-contamination, while allowing for the warmth and cushion of the first two layers to shine through. There are barriers made of plastic and vinyl on the market, although, I find the vinyl to be less noisy and easier to clean.
Now the sheets - so many options, so many materials. How do you choose? I have to say I am a big fan of flannel. To me, there is little that can compare to the encompassing comfort of fluffy, soft flannel. Although, I must admit I have had some amazing massage experiences on well-appointed, crisp cotton sheets as well. These days, there are more eco-friendly choices as well, with fibers made of bamboo. Bamboo is a readily renewable resource that has become popular in everything from flooring to furniture. It has recently emerged on the textile scene, creating some extremely soft and luxurious sheet sets. You also can find organic cottons that are quite luxurious. Organic sheet sets are often three to four times the cost of typical massage sheet sets, and this can make it an interesting choice for an item that will be laundered after each use. You will want to choose options that will withstand daily washing, oil stains and repeated usage. Also keep in mind that sheet sets purchased specifically for massage commonly include the cradle cover of a matching material.
This brings us to blankets. I am fond of thermal, cotton-knit blankets. These blankets are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. They are truly workhorses, as they can withstand repeated usage and can hold their shape. For an extra-special treat, try one of the fleece blankets on the market. These are cozy, soft and reminiscent of a baby blanket to the touch. Very indulgent! If you choose to go the far end of the luxury scale, you can purchase a twin-sized down comforter, and have a beautiful duvet and matching pillow to dress the table. Of course, these will be removed before treatment, but the client will get the immediate idea they are in for a soothing and relaxing experience.
Your table should reflect you and your idea of comfort. Imagine yourself on the table and then decide which pieces would make you feel relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated. Client perception is hugely important. Couple a quality massage with indulgent comfort, and your name will be on their lips for days. Hopefully, this pleasant experience will result in word-of-mouth referrals, providing you with a broader client base.
I would love to hear some of the ways you make your table a sanctuary. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you do to achieve the ultimate in client comfort! I look forward to hearing from you.
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