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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
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.
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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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."
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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