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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Take Care of Your Foundation
By Aaron L. Mattes, MS, RKT, LMT
Over the past 40 years, I have spent well more than 200,000 hours in training, conditioning and rehabilitating patients as a kinesiologist, personal trainer and massage therapist. As an author, lecturer and clinical therapist I have worked with thousands of massage therapists.The quality of our work and professional longevity depend on our knowledge and personal health. The foot and ankle are among the most ignored areas of body conditioning as we stretch, strengthen
or train aerobically.
The ankle-foot structures are a complex group of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia that are designed to hold up the weight of the entire body. The ankle joint is responsible for movement forward (upward) into dorsal flexion and backward (downward) into plantar flexion. The subtalar movements of inversion (adduction) and eversion (abduction) are actions between the tibia, talus and calcaneus bones. Deformities such as hind-foot calcaneous valgus, where the heel turns outward, is often combined with midtarsal phalangeal pronation. Varus heel turns inward is often combined with supination or inward rotation of the midtarsal and phalangeal joints.
Sprains of the ankle or subtalar joints feature ligaments partially or totally torn. Shin splints involve tight calves, painful shins, weak arches, strain tearing of the interosseus membranes between the tibia and fibula and weakness/inflammation of the tibialis posterior and tibialis anterior, both of which are major muscles of the arch. Tight calves are also present with pes cavus (high arch), hammer toes and Achilles tendon problems. Tight calves, including the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, need to be stretched. The soleus is stretched by bending the knee 90 degrees, placing the hands or an exercise band around the ball of the foot and dorsal flexing the ankle for 10 repetitions with assistance.
To lengthen a tight gastrocnemius muscle, sit with the leg extended and place an exercise band around the ball of the foot with one strand in each hand. Dorsal flex the foot backward and assist with the band for 10 repetitions.
Massage therapists spend countless hours on their feet. The structure of the ankle, subtalar, midtarsal and phalangeal joints requires excellent muscle support. In many cases, orthodox assistance is used to support underdeveloped, overstressed lower leg muscles and joints. Pain and weakness endangers the work schedule and may limit off-hour exercise and planned activities.
Exercise the muscles of the ankle and foot by using an exercise band. Tie one end of the band to something stable and do this:
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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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