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A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
More Than Just a Pretty Face
By Rita Woods, LMT
As many of you know by now, I teach a two-day certification class covering a rejuvenating facelift massage technique. I admit that anti-aging and "facelift massage" work is not an area in which I ever thought I would be working.Like many of you out there, I used to think it was a bunch of fluff with no guts. However, I also know that nothing comes to us by accident, so I was well-aware that my life would be changing when I bought the business. My journey into this field has, quite frankly, surprised me in that it has reconnected me with my roots in stress management.
We are all aware of the relaxation response our clients can experience during a massage. This is not a new concept. It was taught to us early in our careers and then reinforced through experience. We also learned that the mental and emotional state of the therapist directly impacts the client and the ultimate outcome of the session. Depending on your massage textbook and instructors in massage school, you may have been introduced to something called entrainment. Entrainment, used in this instance, describes the synchronization between the therapist and the client. As you know, being "in sync" usually produces better results. We also can refer to this as being "on the same wavelength" because from an electromagnetic perspective, you are. This happens between people, with our animals and even between various organ systems within our own body.
Thanks to research, we now know that 15 minutes of compassionate touch can positively affect the physiology of the body for several hours. We also have learned that positive emotions, such as gratitude, have a positive affect on our physiology. This type of research continues at a rapid pace, and new methods of collecting and quantifying the data are being developed and perfected. Tools to measure these shifts and changes within the individual are vital to our profession. They provide the proof needed by the medical community to accept the technique as having true value. We need that acceptance in order to move viable complementary medicine into its rightful place in mainstream health care.
Now that you have a little background, I want to share with you what I first experienced at a spa show in New York City last fall. I went there to volunteer my time and services at the "Sanctuary." You'll find it at massage and some spa trade shows. You get a 10-15 minute session for around $10. All of that money is donated to touch research. (For more information about the Sanctuary, see "For the Good of the Profession" in this issue.) The Sanctuary was the brain child of Angie Patrick, who, after giving birth to a special-needs baby, saw firsthand how important healing touch was in her daughter's early months. If no research had been done, we would not have known to offer compassionate touch to this baby.
During my 15-minute facelift massage mini-sessions, I noticed clients were drifting into a deeply relaxed state in a short period of time. It soon became apparent that whatever I was doing - acupressure points, small deliberate strokes, specific muscle work, who knows what else - was eliciting a dramatic relaxation response from the client. It probably helps that the client doesn't talk while you're working on the face! My interest was piqued. What was happening? Was it possible to get a relaxation response similar to a full-body massage just from working on the face? Anecdotal feedback from the clients supported this theory, so I had some of my own research to do.
I have used specific mind/heart techniques to entrain my heart and brain centers to act as one coherent unit for a couple of years. Part of this work includes using equipment that gauges changes in the autonomic nervous system. It basically tells you when you have everything in sync. When you do, some very important things happen. First, your immune system gets a boost with an increase of IgA antibodies; then your aging process slows with an increase in DHEA production. There are lots of other positive effects, but you get the idea. I hooked my research clients up to the equipment before and after their facelift massage session. There it was - a dramatic increase in coherent synchronization within their body. I realized the work I was doing on the face had much farther-reaching implications than just making the face look better.
Our face usually is the first thing we look at in the mirror, and the image we have of ourselves is based partly on what we see in the mirror. By the same token, the image we leave with others is based partly on what they see. I know it sounds vain, but it's true. When you look good, you feel good. And when you're deeply relaxed and become internally synchronized, you literally change more than 1,200 chemicals in the body that support healthy function, repair and youth.
There are a lot of benefits of a good facelift massage. Some important benefits are:
I guess what I'm really trying to say is this: Sometimes our direction in life changes. To make the most of it, we need to be open-minded. As always, remember there is more to the story than we see at first glance. Next month, we'll talk in more detail about facial massage. So, in the meantime, get out there and get involved in some research! And if you are in Florida for the FSMTA Convention in July, come by the Sanctuary, make a donation and let me work on your face!
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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