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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
February, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 02
By Rita Woods, LMT
I thought that choosing to present information on facial reflexology would be an easy write. I use points on the face in my work and give a lot of credit to the many benefits my clients experience from this work. However, providing you with one workable system would mean ignoring other systems that provide equal or greater benefits so I decided to do what I teach my students - don't worry about naming the points or memorizing what they do; just cover the whole face and you'll get great results! Our focus here is not to treat a specific ailment but to provide whole body relaxation and balance during a massage session.
Most therapists are familiar with acupressure points and understand they are points along a meridian. Acupressure points and acupuncture points sort of go hand-in-hand in our business. There are systems of facial reflexology that use the acupressure points to bring about healing and balance elsewhere in the body. The points used might be Stomach 7 (St 7),which lies about an inch in front of the ear, or Large Intestine 20 (LI 20), which is beside the nostril. There is a system of Chinese facial rejuvenation using such acupressure points; in our facelift massage work, we try to focus on the points specific for that.
There are also systems of facial reflexology that mimic foot reflexology by projecting the soles of the feet onto the face. In this instance, each foot is superimposed over the face with the heels at the chin area and toes extending above the eyebrows. Each foot lies to the side of the nose with the big toes touching in the mid-forehead. In this system, the organs that you normally think of on the soles are now on the face.
In a similar projection, the whole body can be superimposed over the face in another system of facial reflexology. In this case, the torso resides over the bridge of the nose with the buttocks at the end of the nose. The head is in the center of the forehead. The arms warp over and around the eyes with the hands at the outside corners of the eyes. The legs surround the mouth with the knees at the corner and the feet coming together at the base of the chin. You know they say there is truth in a lot of clichés and this projection is no exception. Here's how I remember it: The head is the "third eye," "brown-nosing" places the buttocks at the end of the nose (don't laugh, I said it's how I remember it!), arms around the eyes means to "take it all in" and legs around the mouth means to "walk your talk." This system also allows you to visualize and work various body joints on the face.
Dien' Cham' is a Vietnamese system of facial reflexology that incorporates more than 500 points and claims to successfully treat many common ailments. They divide the face into grids to help locate the specific points and use an instrument such as the rounded end of a ball point pen as a tool to massage the points.
The Chinese also have "microsystems" of the face and head. The entire body can be worked just on the nose alone. Every organ and anatomical feature can be found down the bridge and the sides of the nose. Another microsystem incorporates the whole face for placement of the same anatomy. As an example in this system, the back begins just in front of the ear and runs down the jaw line.
There are still more systems and theories that we just don't have time to include but the point is simple - the face is an area that contains many points and reflex zones that when massaged can have benefits throughout the body. In fact, there are few areas on the face that are not involved with one reflexology system or another. Using the last 10 minutes of a massage for facial reflexology will benefit the client greatly. Next let's talk about how to work these points.
As a general rule, working from top to bottom relaxes and working from bottom to top activates. I like to relax first then, if the client is getting up soon, finish with a few bottom to top strokes to energize them. Along this same thought, short massage/activation of a point (4-5 seconds) typically excites the system while longer massage (45 seconds to several minutes) tones or relaxes the system. Although you are working lightly on the face, the client may still experience some discomfort if a point is sensitive. In this case, intermittent pressure can help calm the point. Some suggest a slight circular movement in clockwise direction for points. Some suggest only to lightly massage the point. Treat each point or area with a deliberate stroke but seam them together as a single movement.
Other things to keep in mind - some female clients won't want you to disturb their make up. If possible, ask your client to wash their face before doing any detailed face work. Use a lubricant that will not clog pores - jojoba works well for this as does a high quality skin care moisturizer. Avoid if rash is present or the client has signs of eczema or psoriasis. Especially if you are not accustomed to dealing with skin issues.
The face and scalp are easy targets for us to get to and offer a plethora of benefits to your clients. And let's face it, it makes for easy work on the therapist. Add a new service to your menu and start offering facial reflexology!
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