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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.
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.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Moving Beyond Fibromyalgia
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
Around the age of 25, my doctor diagnosed me with a condition known as fibromyalgia (FM). Although I'd heard of FM, like most people (including my doctors at the time), I didn't know much about the condition.
What I did know was that it was a chronic condition and the cause of a lot of pain and dysfunction for me. But as someone who'd always been physically fit and active, I wasn't willing to accept the idea that I'd have to live with fatigue and discomfort for the rest of my life. Instead, I made it my personal mission to learn as much as I could about FM and how to treat it.
FM Then and Now
During my exploration, I was surprised to discover that there wasn't a significant amount of research done on FM in over 50 years. In fact, during the past half a century there had only been one significant shift in the treatment of this condition. That shift was the use of pharmaceuticals.
The addition of pharmaceuticals seemed to halt research on more holistic approaches to FM. And somewhere in the subterfuge, the idea that the human body has the capacity to heal itself when brought into equilibrium was lost.
Many people who suffer from FM have tried a plethora of pharmaceuticals that promise to ease their pain, only to find that the drugs have little effect on the actual symptoms.
Solving the FM Puzzle
As an FM patient and a therapist, I began to look past the pharmaceuticals to more holistic approaches. As I gathered different pieces to the FM puzzle, three complimentary approaches to wellness soon took focus. If FM was to be controlled successfully, it would have to be treated on three fronts simultaneously: the physical, the mental and the spiritual. This is what I call the Triad of Health for FM patients. When a patient ignores one piece of the puzzle, they create an opportunity for pain and dysfunction to take its place.
The Physical Piece
As a therapist, you no doubt see clients who suffer from FM in your practice. Here are a few tips to help your clients find the physical relief they so need:
The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Bringing the Pieces Together
There's been a lot of attention lately on the mind-body-spirit connection. But the concept has been around for years. Even ancient healers knew that a person's state of mind and belief in things both seen and unseen played a tremendous role in their ability to heal.
Here are some modern day tips you can introduce to your clients to keep their body, mind and spirit in alignment.
The 1930's Approach
A few years ago I ran across an article on the condition formerly known "fibrositis" (aka fibromyalgia). Here are a few treatment tips the article shared and why they're still good advice today:
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