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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
Taking Care of Your Hamstrings
By Aaron L. Mattes, MS, RKT, LMT
Massage therapists spend many hours bent over patients helping them to relax and alleviate their aches and pains. In doing so, we put untold stress upon our bodies, namely our backs and hamstrings.Because of this, massage therapists need to learn how to take care of their bodies to prevent any overuse injuries.
One area of the body that takes the brunt of the abuse is the low back. The low back is a complex area of the body because it encompasses many different areas to keep it healthy. In order to have a healthy back, the hamstrings, quadriceps, hip rotators and low back must be flexible. It's also important to maintain strong abdominal muscles to keep the core of the body strong. In this article, we'll discuss the hamstrings.
The first stretch is the bent knee hamstring stretch. (Images 1A, 1B) This is an especially good stretch for the distal hamstrings (above the insertion). The muscles stretched will include the semi-tendinosus, semi-membranosus and biceps femoris. From a supine position, place one hand under your knee or in front of the active knee to help maintain a flexed hip. Flex the uninvolved leg, especially if you have a back problem. Contract the quadriceps and extend the knee (of the leg to be stretched) slowly to full extension. Do not flex the hip any closer to the chest unless your knee can extend completely. As the quadriceps continue to move the leg, gently assist with a resistance band holding the stretch for a maximum of two seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat eight to 10 times.
The second stretch we are going to do will be the straight-leg hamstring stretch. (Images 2A, 2B) The muscles this will stretch will include the proximal end and belly of the hamstrings, specifically the semi-tendinosus, semi-membranosus and biceps femoris. From a supine position, flex the uninvolved leg, lock the knee (of the leg to be stretched) and slowly lift the leg using the quadriceps. Give gentle assistance with a resistance band at the end of movement as the quadriceps continue to move the leg. You want to hold the stretch for a maximum of two seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat this exercise eight to 10 times per leg.
These two stretches are great to help improve the flexibility of the hamstrings and will help alleviate stress and strain put on the low back while working with patients.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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Aaron Mattes received his MS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1972, with special emphasis in kinesiology and kinesiotherapy. He has spent more than 250,000 hours in sports participation, sports and health instruction, rehabilitation, athletic training, adapted physical education, sports medicine, training and prevention programs.
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