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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
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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