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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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
Self Care Is Critical
By James Waslaski
In teaching orthopedic massage seminars throughout the world, I have always emphasized the critical role of therapist self care as a vital part of treatment follow-up in order to live a pain-free life.I recommend all therapists stretch tight muscle groups and strengthen weak muscle groups to maintain the resting lengths of opposing muscle groups throughout the body. That is the only way to maintain the results of therapy.
It was about three years ago when I learned the value of self care firsthand. I had thoracic outlet so bad I couldn't even pick up a pencil in my right hand without dropping it. I could not hold a fork in my hand, and I had to teach my seminars using mostly my left hand and the back of my right wrist. I believe the thoracic outlet came on over time due to poor postures and repetitive movements in doing massage without understanding the importance of taking care of myself.
Following therapy that included chiropractic, myoskeletal alignment, orthopedic massage, lymphatic drainage and isolated stretching to muscle groups like my sternocleodomastoids, scalenes, pectoralis minor and wrist flexors, function was restored to my arm, wrist and hand. After a month of therapy, I was able to avoid having a fusion done to the bones in my neck. My chiropractor aligned the area of the C7/T1 to move a bone spur off the nerve roots in that area. It was then that I had to take responsibility for keeping muscle groups in that area in balance to prevent tightening, which would allow the bones to move out of alignment again.
A critical missing link in living pain free with no numbness or tingling in my arm came when I started to strengthen weak and inhibited muscle groups such as my rhomboids, middle trapezius, and posterior rotator-cuff muscles, along with my wrist extensors. This involved self care using active isolated stretching to stretch tight muscle groups of the anterior neck and shoulder, and the use of resistance bands to strengthen weak muscles in the posterior neck and shoulder. This total daily therapy lasted only five minutes. It's obvious that tight muscle groups pulled bones onto nerves and blood vessels, leading to the symptoms I was experiencing. The key to being pain free and 100 percent functional came when I committed five minutes each day to stretch tight muscle groups and then strengthen the weak and inhibited antagonists.
I continue to do self care daily. I spend a minimum of five minutes (and up to 30 minutes) per day because I know what it takes to live the rest of my life pain free and hope to inspire others to do the same.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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