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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
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!
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