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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
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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