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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
TMJ: Self-Care for Your Masseter
By Judith DeLany, LMT
Today, as many people try to get more done in the day than the minutes allow, you might discover that you are clenching your teeth, even during the daytime. This is a common reaction to stressful situations, and even more common when the stress is unrelenting and the pressures of time management unyielding.Many of us clench our teeth without being aware of it and very often have tight temporomandibular joint (TMJ) muscles, without necessarily displaying any overt symptoms.
Location and Function
The temporomandibular (TM) joints are located just anterior to the opening of each ear and are involved in chewing, talking and displaying a wide range of facial expressions, all of which goes on practically unnoticed. It is rather remarkable that jaw movements occur in most people without any problem, especially considering the incongruent and naturally unstable design of this joint. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) may develop, with symptoms that include headache, in a variety of patterns including: migraine (Fig. 1), toothache (Fig. 2), burning or tingling sensations in the face, tenderness and swelling on the sides of the face, clicking or popping of the jaw, reduced range of motion, ear pain without infection, hearing changes, dizziness, and sinus-type responses.
If caught in the early stages, dysfunction might be avoided by simply becoming aware of habits of clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, especially as associated with stress, and by reducing muscular pressure on the joint and its articular disc.
Spotlight on Masseter
A number of muscles act upon the TM joint. Masseter, capable of exerting hundreds of pounds of pressure, is the most powerful. It is comprised of three layers, stacking upon each other and filling out the region of the lateral cheek. It is involved primarily with chewing, clenching, strong closure of the jaws, and, to some degree, postural positioning and balancing the jaw, particularly when head position changes. It is overworked by habits of daily life, particularly chewing gum, clenching and grinding the teeth, as well as internalizing emotional distress.
Treatment is indicated for masseter when the range of opening of the mouth is restricted or when there is pain or other sensations in areas of the TM joint and trigger point target zones of referral. However, even when no symptoms exist, releasing masseter can immediately produce a feeling of lightness in the face and the resultant feeling of stress relief.
NMT Intraoral Masseter Release
A complete intraoral protocol is part of the Neuromuscular Therapy training for temporomandibular dysfunction. It is strongly recommended that practitioners receive appropriate training before working inside the mouth of clients/patients. However, it is easy to following these steps for a personal experience of releasing your own masseter. After releasing the first side, pause to open and close the mouth and to feel the (sometimes extraordinary) relaxation of the face on the side that has been treated.
Although a glove can be worn for self-application, a thoroughly scrubbed, bare finger is acceptable in one's own mouth. A protective barrier should always be worn when treating someone else. Nitrile or vinyl (full-hand) gloves are better choices than latex, which often causes allergic reaction.
Editor's Note: Proper training of Neuromuscular Therapy should be completed prior to working on a client. As stated in the article, the author is not advocating working inside the client's mouth before proper training. For more information on Neuromuscular Therapy and Judith DeLany go to: www.nmtcenter.com.
Judith DeLany serves as director of NMT Center, writes textbooks for Elsevier Health Sciences, and lectures internationally in the field of neuromuscular therapy. For more information regarding her work, visit www.nmtcenter.com or call toll-free at (866) 571-7942.
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