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Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
The Healing Path: Seven Simple Exercises for Self Mastery
By Rita Woods, LMT
We live our lives based on what we believe about the world, people and ourselves. Many of our deeply held beliefs were established when we were children and have remained in our subconscious mind silently directing our choices and determining our life patterns. Beliefs are established by combining what we think is true with what we feel is true and accepting that as certainty.
According to the neuroscientist Dr. Candace Pert: "We only see what we believe is possible. We match patterns that already exist within ourselves through conditioning."
Recently, I was reading a book on photography and found some optical illusion artwork that clearly proved her point. A variety of objects were overlaid on a checkerboard pattern and the instructions said to find the square that was a different shade. Unable to find said square, I looked at the answer key and thought they had made a mistake as the squares all appeared the same. It was only when I isolated the individual squares that I was able to see the difference.
Naturally, I showed this picture to several of my friends and none of them were able to pick out the different square. Our brains expected to see the continuation of the pattern and therefore, we were unable to see the change. The bigger question is, how much of our world is only a perceived reality based on individual conditioning.
Is there anything you want to change in your world? It is not only possible but it is easier now to change than it has ever been in the history of mankind. Many of the laws of nature that have been accepted as truth (belief) in the scientific community were established in the early 1600s. Their belief was that some forces of nature were immutable, unchangeable and omnipotent. But recent discoveries in physics have provided evidence that what we once accepted as truth - just isn't so.
As science changes, a cascade of events takes place including what we teach our children, and what we learn in college. It shifts what we write about and what we read. It changes our inventions, our technologies and our experiences which all lead to changing what we believe is possible. Many people believe that the greatest discovery in recent times (and perhaps of all time) is that fields of energy not only exist, but can be acted upon through human conscious awareness to elicit change. Our belief patterns established in childhood predominately reside in the subconscious mind which is faster and larger than the conscious mind, and is estimated to account for 90 percent of our activities. It is through conscious activities that we are able to affect change that will eventually lead to the shifts in the subconscious.
In other words, you have to do something in order to bring about change. Mahatma Gandhi said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
This series of articles is about following a healing path. As massage therapists, we are uniquely positioned to be an example of compassion, kindness, love, non-judgment, personal healing, universal peace, intuition and creativity. I have compiled a simple list of practical exercises that can help shift who you are now into who you want to be. Documentation exists to support the effectiveness of each of these exercises and I encourage you to research them further. These are baby steps with profound results. Do them regularly with deliberate intent.
7 Self-Mastery Exercises
1. Breathe. Start with simple deep breathing exercises. Breathing in to a count of 5 and out to a count of 5. When you control your breathing, you control your nervous system. There are systems of healing utilizing breathing including qi gong and yoga. HeartMath has a series of simple breathing programs that involve gratitude, creativity and problem solving. Breathing is one of the most important things you can do. It's easy. It's free. It's very effective. When you are under stress, you tend to shallow breathe or hold your breath. This has detrimental effects on the cells in the body. Proper breathing is a prerequisite to further mind-body exercises.
2. Water. Yes, I know you hear this all the time; but its importance should not be underestimated. You are a hydro-electrical being and without water you will short circuit. Dehydration has been implicated in numerous health problems including high blood pressure. Proper hydration is a prerequisite to further mind-body exercises.
3. Exercise. In addition to having beneficial effects on the immune system, glucose levels, and mental health, exercise quiets down beta brain waves. This is the mind chatter and information overload you are exposed to everyday. Exercise quiets the part of the brain that keeps you from accessing your higher self.
4. Relax. Relaxation is an activity. It is something that you do - not something that you hope happens when you sit down. It requires that you deactivate the sympathetic nervous system. Try thinking of it in terms of an activity rather than something that asks you to be still. Imagine that you are in charge of the factory and control the switches. See it as a state of mind, not a resting period.
5. Meditation. This is a big subject and there are a variety of options for you here. To access your higher self, I recommend programs developed specifically for that. All meditation is not the same. Anna Wise, author of The High-Performance Mind: Mastering Brainwaves for Insight, Healing and Creativity, offers several meditations to achieve self mastery. She also offers the meditations on CD. There are others that you can find with a little effort online. Meditation is a process of allowing.
6. Close your eyes. Take a few time outs through the day and close your eyes. Producing alpha brain waves is physiologically linked to your eyes. Alpha waves (if you recall from my last article) are the bridge between the conscious and subconscious. Taking these timeouts through the day will allow your intuition and creativity to surface.
7. Nature. Connecting with nature helps balance the mind. They have found that children who do not get out into nature suffer from anxiety and agitation more than children who do. Go for a walk, visit a waterfall or just take your shoes off and walk in the grass. Root yourself into Mother Earth and invite her Energy to fill you with contentment. Smile.
You don't have to spend money or spend a lot of time to do these simple exercises. Even a few minutes three times a week will begin to open the door that will eventually open to a new world. More details are available on my Web site www.uniqueskincare.com including using the exercises for anti-aging. Namaste
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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