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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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
Simple Exercises for the Massage Therapist to Improve Performance
By Paul Lewis, RMT
As busy massage therapists, we consistently put a physical demand on our bodies to perform. Specific self-care exercises for our line of work that are easily incorporated into our unique daily routines can be hard to come by.
The Lewis Circles is a form of dynamic stretching, warming up and lengthening muscles that helps to warm-up your shoulders and upper thoracic area, while simultaneously improving mobility. This exercise has been taught to and used by health professionals as an effective self-care exercise used after an injury, in the prevention of injury and for overall improved physical performance.
Injury, Prevention & Physical Performance
If you have ever had an injury that put you in a sling or immobilized you in some way, your body will feel the effects of immobility. During recovery from an injury, you are usually advised not to move the injured hand, arm, shoulder, etc. to allow for resting and healing. You may have also noticed that the inactivity has caused your muscles to stiffen. Because of the reduced demand on the muscles, there is a reduced demand for oxygen and blood flow to the area resulting in a feeling of stiffness.
This exercise is commonly used during recovery from an injury or minor surgery to help reduce any complications that may arise due to inactivity. Further, it is a useful exercise in the prevention of injury. Health care professionals tell me that they use the exercise to help warm-up prior to treating their clients.
I also recommend this exercise to my clients as a warm-up, preventative and self-care activity because many of them work at a desk in front of computers (focused and staring) for extended periods of time, which also causes stiffness and discomfort, mostly felt in the neck, shoulders and upper back area.
This exercise is really for anyone interested in improving physical performance and can be done anywhere and anytime: between treatments, at the office, before a round of golf, or as a warm-up before running, for example.
The Simple How To
In simple terms, the Lewis Circles is an exercise that engages muscles in the upper thoracic, neck and shoulder area. As you perform the exercise, you will end up engaging and elongating muscles, increasing blood flow and helping with circulation.
Start by placing your finger tips gently onto the tops of the shoulders shortening the lever. Leading with the elbows, bring them together in front of the chest. With your fingers on the shoulders and elbows in front of you, start moving in a circular motion. (See Fig 1) Lift your elbows up towards your ears and then lower your elbows out to the side stretching the pectorals and chest muscles. (See Fig 2)
Repeat the action bringing the elbows back to the front of the chest circling slowly about four times in one direction and then in the other direction. In order to engage the cervical area, as you bring your elbows together in front of the chest, lower your chin to the chest. You should feel a gentle lengthening of the posterior neck muscles. As you bring your elbows towards the ceiling you should lift your head back to the horizon. All of this activity is going to act on the chest muscles, rotator cuff and shoulder, interscapular, back and cervical muscles.
Remember to move with slow controlled movements, and continue to breath. The movement should be pain-free. Always check with your doctor before engaging in physical activity... and enjoy.
As an international presenter, one of my goals is to incorporate the exercise into my discussions and presentations regardless of whether I am teaching a workshop or fitness class; leading the warm-up before a running marathon; demonstrating static and dynamic stretching at a "learn-to-run" seminar or treating a client for stiff neck and frozen shoulder issues.
Good health to you all!
Editor's note: For a demonstration of the Lewis Circles, view the YouTube video. Visit www.youtube.com, and search for "Self-Care Exercises 'Lewis Circles' for health care".
Paul Lewis is a registered massage therapist, fitness instructor and reflexologist. For more information visit: www.paullewis.ca.
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