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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
Essential Oils for Pain Relief, Part 2
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Part one of this article discussed using analgesic and anti-inflammatory essential oils to relieve pain. Essential oils that treat the nervous system and bring down swelling may be only part of the picture when dealing with pain relief.Joint pain and muscle injury or chronic stiffness may also require bringing more circulation into the area and removing toxins. Essential oils that are considered detoxifiers and rubefacients and are known for their anti-rheumatic effects can boost even the best massage technique and help provide lasting relief. Part two explores the use of anti-rheumatic, detoxifying and rubefacient essences.
Anti-rheumatic properties provide relief for joint pain in conditions such as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis and gout. They may be chosen for their anti-inflammatory action, as in the case of German and Roman chamomile, but detoxifiers and rubefacients, which increase circulation in the muscle tissue and skin, are frequently required. Detoxification is an important factor in conditions of chronic inflammation to help restore the immune system and help the body heal. Some essences known for their ability to detoxify are carrot seed (Daucus carota), sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), juniper berry (Juniperus communis) and lemon (Citrus limon). Other essences that could be included are grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Carrot seed works with the liver and kidneys to help process and release toxins. It is said to purify the blood and help restore liver cells. Most commonly used for skin conditions where inflammation or ulceration is present, soothing carrot seed can also be added to blends to generally support the liver function and as a diuretic aid.
Sweet fennel has a long history as a digestive aid, but it is also a diuretic that assists in elimination of excess water and a lymphatic decongestant that relieves blockages and helps the body release toxins. Traditional aromatherapy cautions against the use of sweet fennel for people with epilepsy and during pregnancy. This may be due to the levels of the ketone, fenchone, and the estrogen-like action of trans-anthole. Some aromatherapists, such as Battaglia and Tisserand, feel that this would be true for ingestion, rather than a drop or two in a treatment blend.
Juniper berry is aromatherapy's most famous and commonly used detoxification essence. A powerful diuretic and decongestant for lymph, juniper is known to bring down uric acid levels, making it especially helpful for joint pain. The diuretic action includes some irritation of the renal epithelium and so it is best not to use juniper on a continuous basis or in cases where there is kidney infection or inflammation. It is also generally contraindicated during pregnancy.
Lemon is a mild diuretic essence which is considered cooling and recommended to clear heat, dampness and phlegm. As such, it is considered a helpful detoxifying oil. Expressed lemon oil is not used before prolonged exposure to sun due to phototoxic properties. Steam-distilled lemon oil does not have this contraindication.
Grapefruit is a lymphatic stimulant that is cleansing and decongesting for the liver, and rosemary, particularly Rosemary ct. verbenone, is a tonic to both the liver and gallbladder. A classic detoxifying blend (diluted into one ounce of carrier oil) for arthritis:
Juniper and rosemary also have rubefacient properties that increase circulation and bring a feeling of warmth to relieve stiffness. Other rubefacient oils are black pepper (Piper nigrum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), pine (Pinus sylvestris) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool). The rubefacient oils might not be used during the acute inflammatory onset of joint pain but are very helpful during chronic stages.
Black pepper warms as it increases circulation and also stimulates the spleen to produce new blood cells. It is recommended for muscle and joint stiffness. Ginger is a circulatory stimulant that is a tonic to the heart and recommended especially for poor circulation in hands and feet. Pine's stimulating effect on circulation has made it a familiar ingredient in liniments for joint pain and for muscle ache due to overexertion. It also has diuretic properties. Pine oil, if oxidized, can cause skin irritation so older pine essential oil must be used in high dilution. Thyme is a very warming oil that is said to remove blockages in joints and restore mobility to both joint and muscle tissues. It is particularly indicated for sports injuries. Thyme oil is also an immune-stimulant, as it increases production of white blood corpuscles. This helps strengthen the immune system where there has been repeated infection. A warming blend (diluted into one ounce of carrier oil) that promotes detoxification and pain relief:
Generally speaking, the subtle aromatherapy qualities of the warming, rubefacient oils bring courage and stamina which can be very much needed when dealing with both acute and chronic pain. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic essences relieve tension, anxiety and a feeling of anger about circumstances. The detoxifying oils clear the mind, remove a sense of burden, with juniper particularly helpful for clearing excess emotions and the citrus oils for creating optimism. Taking the client's mental and emotional state into consideration always helps indicate the right oils for a massage blend.
Editor's note: For more information on essential oils and treatment blends, log onto www.massagetoday.com and click on "Aromatherapy Central."
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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