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Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Working With Women, Part 1
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Over the years, this column has covered a host of information on the way to use essential oils in massage practice. Earlier columns have covered the basics of aromatherapy and important safety issues, working with specific problems as well as profiling sedative, stimulant and known skin-sensitizing essential oils.It is good to have that information in mind whenever you are adding aromatherapy to a massage practice. (For more information on this topic visit www.massagetoday.com/topics/aromatherapy.php.)
This article focuses on specific essential oils for women's physical and emotional needs. (The special concerns of working with pregnant women were discussed in a previous article: www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13593.) Part 1 will give a brief profile of five essential oils in relation to their effect on women's issues. Part 2 will cover other essences including important flower oils of jasmine, rose, neroli and ylang-ylang. Essences for working with women's special needs are those that deal with amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, PMS, childbirth and menopause, certain common complaints in the urinary and digestive systems and those that address confidence, desirability, life cycles and self-image.
Here again, it is important to combine the physical effects of essential oils with the subtle effects on the mind and emotions for the best result. It is best to treat each client as an individual, listening to the issues that are uppermost in their lives. To do so results in a specific, custom blend that will have a more powerful influence than a standard "PMS blend." For example, as it could well include an essence not mentioned below that resonates with a different type of specific need. Mindfulness and knowledge combine in choosing the essential oils that will enhance the massage session and offer a long-lasting effect.
Five Essential Oils That Address Women's Needs
CHAMOMILE: There are three varieties of chamomile used in aromatherapy. All have similar properties in the sense of their physiological ability to aid digestion, boost the immune system and relieve pain and inflammation in the body and mind. Aromatherapist Gabriel Mojay says that the key to understanding the "psychological effect of chamomile" is its energetic influence on the solar plexus where issues of control and desire to nurture are located. A buildup of tension here results in frustration and irritability, "over-controlling" or losing control. (These qualities make it one of the oils that is most used with children, too.) Chamomile is also an emmenagogue, which means it aids in bringing on menstruation. Historical use of this plant for female reproductive complaints is shown in the botanical name of German chamomile or chamomile blue, Matricaria recutita, which is derived from the word "matrix" or "womb." German chamomile also has remarkable skin and wound healing properties as well as a relaxing effect on spasms that cause pain during menstruation and it is beneficial for urinary tract infections, such as cystitis. Because of its great power and strong aroma, German chamomile might be seen as the "matriarch" of the chamomiles.
The word chamomile is originally derived from the terms chamai - "on the ground" and melon - "apple." The most commonly used chamomile is Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) which has the softer, familiar apple-like smell. It is gentler in action, used to treat red, irritated, sensitive and dry skin, and is helpful for insomnia, digestive complaints, nervous tension and headaches.
Moroccan chamomile (Anthemis mixta) is the least commonly used and has a more camphoraceous aroma. Some aromatherapists choose this for menstrual problems where there is also depression, irritability and digestive issues, such as colitis.
CLARY SAGE: The botanical name for clary sage, Salvia sclarea, refers to healing and clarity. The euphoria for which this essence is known is also grounded. It relaxes while providing a mental-emotional uplift. Clarity helps dispel illusion, fluctuating emotion and despondent worry. Salvatore Battaglia tells us that clary sage is one of the most important women's remedies as it addresses all three phases of life: menstrual, childbirth and menopause. Its antispasmodic and analgesic effect relieves cramping; it is a uterine stimulant and emmenagogue, and studies have shown that it is one of the best pain relievers during labor. During menopause, clary sage has an estrogenic effect that is probably the result of pituitary/gonadal stimulation. It is known to ease hot flashes. Some aromatherapists caution that this essence should not be used with women who have a history of estrogen-dependent tumors, a contraindication that would be more of a factor with continual use than using a few drops in a massage blend during an office visit.
CYPRESS: This tree originates in the eastern Mediterranean and is exceptionally long-lived. Some are believed to be 2,000 or more years old, a fact reflected in its botanical name Cupressus sempervirens (from the Cupressacea family - "always living"). While all evergreens give a reassuring sense of persisting life, making them a comfort in times of bereavement, Mojay tells us that cypress helps us cope with and even accept difficult change, both inner and outer. It is useful in times of transition such as career change, ending of a close relationship or empty-nest syndrome. Cypress unearths fears that block change and strengthens in time of self-doubt. Physiologically, cypress is a circulatory decongestant, used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is a menstrual regulator that relieves painful periods, heavy bleeding during periods as well as severe hot flashes during menopause.
SWEET FENNEL: The botanical name (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) describes a common herb with a dried hay-like aroma; this variation is "sweet." A diuretic and lymphatic decongestant, Mojay says this essence helps free repressed and toxic emotions and encourages confident self-expression and creativity. It is indicated for simple fluid retention, cellulite and weight control. Fennel is helpful with urinary tract infection and is recommended to help regulate the menstrual cycle. During menopause, fennel helps balance symptoms of fluctuating hormonal levels. Due to levels of the ketone fenchone and the estrogen-like action of trans-anethole, contraindications for the use of fennel include epilepsy, pregnancy, estrogen-dependent tumors and breast-feeding. Sweet fennel has less of this ketone constituent than bitter fennel.
GERANIUM: The fruit of this bushy shrub is thought to resemble a stork's bill, and so the botanical name (Pelargonium graveolens) contains the Greek word for stork, pelargos. In the same way that the stork can balance easily on one leg, Geranium essential oil is known for its ability to bring balance to the body and emotions. Mojay tells us that this essence conveys calm strength and security, relieving chronic and acute anxiety, particularly due to stress from overwork. Because of its aphrodisiac quality, it reconnects those with an overload of mental energy to sensuality, spontaneity, and pleasure. Citing the work of several aromatherapists, Battaglia tells us that geranium oil may stimulate the adrenal cortex, increasing hormones that are essentially regulating and balancing. This makes geranium good for situations of fluctuating hormone levels such as PMS and menopause. As both a diuretic and lymphatic stimulant, this essence is helpful with cellulite, fluid retention and simple edema of the ankles. The aroma is familiar from skin-care products, which use this essence for its ability to balance the production of sebum, making it useful for all skin types.
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