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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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 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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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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