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Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Improve Your Eyesight: The Natural Way
By Judith DeLany, LMT
A quick glance around us at the number of people who require glasses, contact lenses, and eye surgeries reflects a widespread need to prevent visual deterioration and to use natural means to improve vision. This short discussion offers steps you can take to gain better health of the muscles of the eyes.
The eye is similar to a fluid-filled balloon, with movements controlled by six extrinsic muscles (superior, inferior, medial, and lateral rectus muscles, and the superior and inferior oblique muscles). Tension in these muscles can influence the direction of tracking, and might also influence the shape of the eye, alter eye health and perhaps have some bearing on eyesight. The intricate details of eye design and sight are quite complex and more fully discussed within anatomy texts.
Each eyeball is directed anteriorly. The pull of tension of some of the muscles produces a single movement, while others have multiple effects. Additionally, the two eyes must work in coordination. Common dysfunction can result in:
Strabismus most often develops in infants and young children and usually requires treatment. Eyeglasses, vision therapy or eye muscle surgery may be suggested; cranial osteopathic or craniosacral treatment may especially be useful.
The Bates Method
In the early 19th century, Dr. W. H. Bates1 expressed ideas that were outside of mainstream ophthalmology. He aimed to improve faulty eyesight by incorporating natural visual habits and reducing mental strain. He first described the Bates method in Perfect Sight Without Glasses, theorizing that mental strain played a role in refractive error (presbyopia, astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia) as well as other eye conditions, such as strabismus, amblyopia, cataracts, and glaucoma. His original text is now available free (digitally) at http://www.iblindness.org/books/bates/.
While the application of the Bates method exercises is commonly used for certain eye conditions in children, it may be helpful to the mature eye as well. These eye movements - left and right, up and down, and in large circular patterns - are intended to elongate shortened muscles, thereby decreasing pressure on the eye that changes its shape and alters the focal plane of the lens. A number of other steps, such as acquiring proper rest, alternating the focal plane, palming, sunning, and swinging were also suggested. (The Bates Association for Vision Education - http://www.seeing.org/index.html)
There are no harmful side effects from the exercises if performed appropriately; however, one must have determination to stick with the program. Although finding a qualified practitioner can be challenging, behavioral optometrists or vision therapists generally teach natural vision improvement techniques such as these, while also incorporating other visual therapy methods. Appropriate medical examination and treatment is strongly recommended, particularly for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and other serious eye pathologies.
Leviton2 a student of Bates, discusses a simple exercise fashioned from a 10-foot string or thin rope and 15 brightly colored beads (varying colors are best). Tie the beads onto the string at eight-inch intervals and the end of the string to a doorknob or distant object. Sit comfortably in a chair at a distance, pull the string taut and hold it near the tip of the nose so that the eyes gaze across its length. While breathing deeply, look at the first bead nearest the nose for a few seconds and attempt to bring it into focus. Then move to the next bead and so forth until the distant end is reached, then reverse to move back toward the face until all have been addressed as second time. Additionally, you can look at the closest bead and then the farthest bead, back to the second, then the farthest again, then the third and so forth, up and down the string, pausing on each to attempt to focus.
Benefit may also be gained from exercises that stretch the recti muscles. It is best to perform these while seated, in case the movements result in lightheadedness or vertigo. Stretch out your right arm (palm down) in front you. Extend the wrist and curl the fingers and thumb toward the palm except for the extended index finger, which is pointing toward the ceiling to produce a single digit on which to focus. Stay focused on the tip of the index finger while moving the arm slowly in horizontal abduction (out to the side) as far as the eye can follow it without moving the head. Continue to focus on it while slowly returning it to the original position. Continue the same while moving it overhead and lowering it toward the thigh. Perform these movements several times. Use the left arm to repeat the entire set of movements to the left side. It is not uncommon for the eyes to feel fatigued or to ache for a brief time after the session due to the "exercising" nature of the movements.
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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