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A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. 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.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Using Aromatherapy in the Spa Setting
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
The rise of the spa industry in the U.S. for the past 10 years has been impressive, to say the least. It seems that even here in Greenville, S.C., another spa opens each week offering a wide array of special treatments in a pleasurable, pampering atmosphere.Many massage therapists not drawn to medical and sports massage will decide on a career in a spa setting or even open one of their own. A good education in true aromatherapy would provide both an impressive resume and the information needed to go beyond using pre-made formulas to offer the individual a custom-designed blend. This allows the therapist and the spa they own or work in a way to stand out from the crowd.
Even if the therapist must use a particular brand during their practice at a specific spa, increased understanding of the ingredients will provide better selections for clients. If you have been reading this column in Massage Today, you will have a lot of good information on which to build. I will be happy to provide more information regarding reputable in-class and home-study certification courses. Whether or not you choose to spend the time to take a professional level course, you will want to have The Aromatic Spa Book on hand. This book is the latest in a series written by a true expert in this field. Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is best known for the research resulting in the impressive The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vols. I and II - a must-have for any practicing aromatherapist. Sylla also has been a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician since 1969, and a licensed massage therapist since 1979. The combination of knowledge and expertise in all these fields is realized in this user friendly book:
The Aromatic Spa Book has a wealth of information condensed into 200 pages in a spiral-bound, laminated cover. This book is a perfect size for the professional to keep on their desk or when traveling to an outcall service. The text covers everything a professional skin-care and bodywork practitioner will need to know in order to incorporate safe use of essential oils and botanicals into their professional practice.
Chapters include: "What are Essential Oils and How One Obtains Them," "How Does Aromatherapy Work," "Treatment Methods," "Environmental Fragrance," "Treatments and Blends," "Safety Data," "Contraindications and Toxicity" and a resource section. Charts with essential-oil profiles and vegetable oils for base carriers, along with the use of clays, muds, seaweed and other botanical ingredients are given in clear detail. A discussion on creating the "individual prescription" and sample client record documents are invaluable for the practice of true aromatherapy.
I recommend this book to all my students in Level II Aromatherapy. I have no doubt it will serve all massage therapists focused on the spa industry. You can order this book at www.atlanticinstitute.com.
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