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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
The Basics of Facelift Massage
By Rita Woods, LMT
Last month, I introduced basic facelift massage work by giving you a list of benefits, as well as touching on the potential unseen benefits within the autonomic nervous system. This month, I want to talk about the difference between facial massage and facelift massage, and general guidelines for working on the face.While there are similarities between facelift massage and facial massage, you won't get a firming and lifting effect unless you specifically address the muscles involved. It's sort of like general Swedish work versus more specific or focused work such as rehab, deep tissue, etc. With facelift massage, you must be very specific and deliberate with your strokes. It really is best to take a class to learn the detail required to maximize results.
I make it a point to ask my workshop participants and fellow therapists if they work on the face during a regular massage session. About half of them spend very little time, if any, on the face. One explanation they give for this is their client doesn't want their face to feel greasy or to get oil in their hair. Another reason is simply because they don't feel comfortable working on the face. Let's face it, you really are in the client's face and it takes special care not to impose upon their personal space.
Both of these reasons for avoiding the face - client refusal and lack of confidence - are key components that must be addressed in order to start doing good face work. First, there is the lubricant. I have refused to allow therapists to work on my neck and face because they use way too much lubricant. I don't want to walk out with oil on my face and hair, and I'll bet your clients don't, either. Please don't use the same oil or lotion you use on the body for the face. Use something intended for the face or use very little oil. Jojoba actually is quite good for the face and will do if that's all you have. Just remember to use it sparingly. Let's look closer at these issues.
Choosing a Good Lubricant
When I work on the face, I use moisturizer for normal to dry skin. I am using a product intended and created specifically for the face. Formulating chemists of good-quality products put a lot of thought into creating the perfect product. They understand the chemistry and physiology of the skin and will work with it. Notice I said "good-quality products." That doesn't mean you should go buy a moisturizer off the drugstore shelf and use it. Many of the cheap moisturizers contain mineral oil and other petroleum ingredients as their main source of moisture. They moisturize by creating a physical barrier by which moisture can't escape from the body. That's not what I suggest. Rather, look to a line of high-quality skin care products and get the moisturizer with plumping (lessening the appearance of wrinkles) and anti-aging benefits.
Now, your product actually is doing part of the work for you. I use normal to dry because it has slightly more oil, which allows it to stay on the skin just a little longer. That allows me to use it as a massage lubricant. Apply the product to small sections of the face at a time to prevent reapplying as you progress. By following these simple guidelines, you will avoid the pitfall of the greasy face and your client will be able to enjoy the benefits of your work.
As a therapist, you know the importance of confident touch. Confident touch is a blend of good technique and good people skills. It comes from within and flows through your hands to your recipient. Both parties instinctually know if you have confidence or trepidation. Of all the places we work on the body, no place requires you honor the client's space more than the face. They will also feel shaky hands and unorganized strokes, so be prepared to practice and develop a routine for the face. These stokes will differ from facelift massage to general facial massage, but a good rule of thumb is to always lift rather than push or pull down. Here are some tips for building confident touch:
In our workshops, we go over the anatomy of the face in great detail. We learn which muscles cause which expression lines and learn techniques to specifically address each of these areas. That creates our pattern and flow of work. I found students had trouble remembering the sequence, so I incorporated Styrofoam heads as part of our study. We literally get markers and number the sequence and regions on the heads. The students then take their heads back to their office where they can just glance up and be reminded of what to do next.
Let's face it, many of us received very little face training in massage school. This work, however, especially facelift massage, quickly is becoming a very large market. Boomers want it, and they have disposable income. From a business perspective, it's the smart thing to do. From a therapist's perspective, it's very easy to perform. That's a winning combination.
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