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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
Stretch Through the New Year
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Have you ever started a workout program and then found something that got in the way? Or even reached your goal then quit the routine? This year is going to be different, and here is help for you to stick with your resolution.
Set goals: Start with a short term goal, meet it then reach for another goal.
Variety: Change your workouts. Begin with flexibility training, then incorporate strength, cardio and balance training.
Fun: If you are not enjoying your workout, you are more apt to quit. Have a great attitude and it will make a huge difference.
Balance: This is two-fold. Moderate workouts paired with healthy nutrition, and being able to stand on one foot.
Accountability: Find a workout partner who is motivated and has similar goals as you.
Discipline: Commit to your workouts, eat every three hours, and get an adequate amount of sleep.
Log: Keep a log of everything you eat, portion size and any physical exercise.
Visualize: Envision what you want to look and feel like five, 10 and 20 years from now.
The key to sticking with any program is to ask yourself: "Is fitness a lifelong commitment to improve my quality of life or just something I'll do for a short time?"
The easiest way to begin is with flexibility training. With stretching exercises in our routine, we will dramatically improve our performance in whatever else we do and can ease any muscular pain and tension. Most massage therapists are tight in their upper chest (pectoral region), hands, and posterior and anterior upper legs (hamstrings and quadriceps). We need to make sure we regularly open up these tight areas. Bringing ourselves back to balance will result in a body absent from pain or discomfort. Stretching the tight muscles will allow more circulation to the area and bring in more oxygenated blood. This creates healthier tissue, allowing us to optimally perform our daily tasks.
We know stretching improves flexibility and health of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Flexibility makes it easier to accomplish any task in our daily lives. Stretching and flexibility are critical to preventing injuries, especially as we perform our job. Overuse injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries, occur in part because of lack of flexibility caused by tight muscles. Here are some benefits to stretching:
With stretching and flexibility, massage therapists can perform with ease and sustain longer. By having a flexibility program incorporated into your day, performance is improved with reduced chance of injury. Muscle stiffness is reduced as excess toxin buildup is removed. Reduction in metabolic wastes allows muscles to rejuvenate quicker after intense work-outs or a really busy day at work. Healing is faster and stronger with facilitated stretching. The bottom line is that stretching and flexibility provide an increase in career spans and performance levels.
Facilitated stretching is an easy way to maintain or improve flexibility. The blend of stretching and hands-on range of motion therapy is amazingly effective in reducing scar tissue and adhesions to improve pain-free motion for our clients and ourselves.
4 Easy Flexibility Exercises
Here are some flexibility exercises you can routinely do through your day:
Pec Stretch: Lace you fingers behind your back and inhale. Now as you slowly lift up, exhale.
Hand Stretch: Extend your arm out in front of you with your fingers up and inhale. Exhale as you put pressure on your fingers to extend and open your hand.
Quadriceps Stretch: Balance on your right foot, place your left foot in your left hand. As you exhale, bring your left heel to your left glute. Then do the opposite side.
Hamstring Stretch: Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart. You will exhale as you bring your chest toward your toes.
With this new year, let's visualize what we will commit for ourselves. We take care of others daily, so now is the time to start taking care of ourselves.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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