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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.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
Hydrotherapy: Water, Water, Everywhere
By Judith DeLany, LMT
Water is indisputably the most essential nutrient for the human body. Adults are composed of approximately 60 to 65 percent water, with somewhat less in elderly and much more in infants. In Job's Body, Deane Juhan jokingly quotes, "A human being is a container invented by water so that it can walk around."2 It is not surprising that the therapeutic application of water - in any of its many forms - is enjoyed throughout the world.
Hydrotherapy is almost as old as the hills from which the water runs. In fact, it has been historically accounted in a number of ancient civilizations, including Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Greek and Native American. Although it serves as a safe, effective and inexpensive treatment, hydrotherapy in modern times is often overlooked as a powerful healing tool.
Massage therapists classically use water therapies in their practices. Hot or cold packs, ice massage, steam (cabinets and rooms), and the massaging jets of a hot tub are just a few common hydrotherapies. Sheet wraps, cold and warming compresses, neutral baths, local immersions and soaks that contain minerals, such as magnesium found in Epsom salts also offer significant benefits.
Heat-based applications engorge the tissues with blood, while cold treatments reduce local swelling and congestion. In Water Therapy, Chaitow notes that while short applications of cold increase circulation, longer applications of cold (more than a minute) reduce the flow of blood to the area by contracting the local blood vessels, and depress circulation and metabolism.1 A short duration of heat increases blood flow with vessel dilation while a longer duration depresses circulation and metabolism drastically. Alternating hot and cold for short durations produces a circulatory interchange, improves drainage and increases oxygen supply to muscles, skin and organs. Chaitow suggests that the final application be cold so as to avoid leaving the tissues in a state of engorgement (potentially leading to congestion).
Practitioners can benefit from self-application, whether this is cold to calm inflammation, heat to increase blood flow to ischemic muscles or contrast hydrotherapy. Plunging the hands and forearms into bins of tolerably hot and then very cold water eight to 10 times, can have extraordinary benefit for these overused (and usually under-treated) muscles. After contrast hydrotherapy, the muscles can be more easily massaged and stretched. This technique requires only a little preparation and very little expense. You will need:
Common sense contraindications include avoiding heat applications on swollen or inflamed tissues, recent wounds and acute injuries. Cold should be avoided on those who are cold-intolerant (as in Raynaud's disease) or who have moderately poor circulation.
One extremity at a time can be treated or, if the pans are large enough, both can be done simultaneously. It is also possible to put one arm in the cold bin while the other is in the hot, then switch them to contrast the temperature. However, be prepared for unusual sensations, as the body is not accustomed to receiving mixed signals from thermal receptors.
Fully submerge the arm in the hot water for two to three minutes. Switch to the cold water and hold there for a similar time. Continue alternating between hot and cold for two to three minutes each. If massage therapy is to be used, the session may end with hot water. The massage strokes will provide a final drain of the tissues. If no massage is to be performed, it is best to end with cold to avoid producing congestion.
Contrast hydrotherapy can be a significant treatment all by itself or it can be a precursor to superficial and deep tissue treatment of the muscles. The muscles can also be stretched much more easily and with less discomfort after contrasting the temperature.
Judith DeLany serves as director of NMT Center, writes textbooks for Elsevier Health Sciences, and lectures internationally in the field of neuromuscular therapy. For more information regarding her work, visit www.nmtcenter.com or call toll-free at (866) 571-7942.
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