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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05
Good Nutrition: Keep It Simple
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Is there a subject more talked about or written about than diet and nutrition? Just look at any Web site, magazine, newspaper or list of non-fiction best sellers and what do you see? Articles or books detailing the latest Hollywood weight-loss plan, dire warnings about contaminated or suspect food sources, or advice from experts on eating this and not that; could we be suffering from information overload.
First things first: No nutritional program or diet is right for everybody. Even the "new" food pyramid carries a caveat that the amounts from the food groups or activity areas need to be calculated individually for each person. This is why we might wish to consult with a registered dietician or certified nutritionist if we have specific concerns or challenges. The USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has created the MyPyramid.gov Web site, which is a terrific place to begin to make sense of all of this. Food groups are simple. In order of importance: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and proteins.
Fats should equal 20-30 percent of the total daily caloric intake; proteins 30-40 percent; and carbohydrates 40-50 percent. Your body weight, divided by 2, equals the number of ounces you need to take in; more with heightened activity level. So if, for example, you weigh 200 pounds, you need to take in 100 ounces of water.
A word about fats: your body needs them but you will wish to make most of your fat sources from fish, (omega 3 and omega 6) nuts and vegetable oils. Saturated fats (solid at room temperature) should be limited and trans fats avoided whenever possible.
Read the "Nutrition Facts" on the package. If you cannot identify (or pronounce) most of the ingredients, why would you consume them? If you are looking for a quick snack, fresh veggies and fruits can always be kept within reach. A handful of your favorite nuts or whole-grain crackers (maybe with a couple of small cheese chunks, for fun!) might be just the right thing between massage sessions.
Keep an eye on sodium and sugar levels in prepared foods and beverages. While sodium is essential in maintaining fluid balance, too much can have an adverse effect on overall electrolyte values. Sugars, especially refined or processed, contribute calories to your daily count with few, if any, nutrients. Remember, high fructose corn syrup is just sugar by a different name. Some often overlooked bits of info on the "Facts" panel are serving size and servings per container. The amounts listed are per serving. If there are four servings and you are consuming the whole thing, multiply those values on the panel by four to be accurate.
While there are no newly uncovered facts and probably no groundbreaking ideas here, the message is clear. Good nutrition is neither too complicated to understand nor too difficult to obtain. Today's supermarkets are exactly that: super markets. All year 'round, most anywhere in this country, you will be able to find a staggering array of whole grains, either raw or in baked goods; the freshest vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meats. In mixing them by content, color and/or source, you can guarantee yourself and your family the building blocks of essential, good nutrition. Combined with a commitment to increased physical activity, you have a recipe for health and wellness.
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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