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It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
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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