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History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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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