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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
Manageable Fitness Solutions
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
A lot has changed in the world of massage therapy since I first started practicing more than 25 years ago. While massage has been used for healing in East Asia for a long time, our attitude towards it in the U.S. has evolved from a practice that simply feels good, into a necessary part of professional sports, and a respected form of alternative healing.
This shift has placed greater demands on massage therapists, often leaving us little time to take care of ourselves. Between seeing clients, presenting at conferences and teaching classes all around the world, sometimes I can barely keep track of what time zone I am in. More and more often, I must remind myself that when the time comes, I will choose to retire. I will not be forced to retire simply because I am worn out. In this hectic world, it is crucial to find a little time to stretch out and take a break.
I have found that as well as it being necessary to take time out for relaxing, recreation and fun, it is also essential to be diligent in daily exercising and stretching while at work. The most manageable solutions and excellent choices for exercising during the working day or working travel are using hand weights, resistance bands and stretching. I make time to stretch between each client appointment, focusing on a different muscle group each time. If there are only one or two breaks during the day, I focus on my upper body and back first, and then the lower body. At the end of the day, always allow yourself a significant amount of time to stretch out your entire body.
To help maintain upper body strength, consider keeping a set of hand weights at your office. Using light weights will keep the focus on building strength instead of muscle mass, and your routine should consist of higher repetitions (10-12) and more sets (2-3). Lunges and squats are good choices for building your lower body strength at work. However, be sure to protect your knees when doing these. This means making sure your knees do not extend past your big toe when you bend down for both a squat and a lunge. To perform a proper squat, from a standing position, imagine you are lowering your rear end onto the edge of a seat, then return to an upright position. Keep your upper body as upright as possible while doing this. Both legs should form a 90-degree angle when performing lunges properly, and the rear knee should not touch the floor. Again, be sure to keep the front knee from extending past the big toe.
One of my favorite exercise aids is resistance bands. They are versatile in that they help strengthen and stretch, and they can be used for both the upper and lower body. They are so portable that I use them during conferences or layovers to get the blood flowing in my legs and lower back. Bands are available in different resistance levels, which makes it easy to find one that is compatible to your level of strength. Research has shown that training with resistance bands improves balance, and balance - physical and emotional - is an essential part of being an effective massage therapist. By spending a little quality time on yourself now, you are providing for a longer and healthier career down the road.
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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