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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
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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