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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Medical Intuitive Offers Advice for Therapists
Discussion With Eva Herr
By Rita Woods, LMT
Eva Herr is a medical intuitive. She is the author of Agape, The Intent of the Soul, columnist for Dannion Brinkley's magazine Kinetics, has an Internet radio talk show and she speaks and teaches on the many levels of consciousness.Medical intuition has grown rapidly in the last few years and many believe that it will play an important role in the future of medicine. She agreed to share some of her insights with Massage Today readers.
While there are many areas within Eva's expertise and experience that I feel would be appropriate to share with you in this article, I have chosen self-care for the massage therapist. Self-care is an important issue for everyone, but particularly for massage therapists as we are often viewed as models for complementary medicine.
Our health matters in a couple of very important ways. First, clients want a massage therapist who looks and feels happy and healthy. And secondly, many therapists are self-employed and their livelihood depends on staying healthy so they can continue to work. Being self-employed also means that many therapists do not have health insurance and that makes self-care even more important.
Eva suggests that you begin by monitoring your emotional and your physical well-being. "Pay attention." That's her strongest advice. Catch things while they are small and seemingly insignificant. It may appear as a feeling or twinge but that is the time to pay attention and take action. "Many times an issue could have been brewing for up to 10 years (on an energetic and cellular level) before it physically manifested," said Herr.
"Science now knows that your abdomen, your gut, is lined with neurons. These are nerve cells. There are more nerve cells in your gut than there are in your brain. You experience an emotion in the brain first but within nanoseconds that experience goes to your gut. When you are experiencing a negative emotion you get a heightened sense in your gut, much like when you get pulled over by the police. As soon as you see those blue lights you get that sick feeling. That's the neurons firing. Those neurons send an impulse through your autonomic nervous system. It's like Morris Code. Your brain interprets those signals. It interprets the length of the signal and the space in between and the voltage of the signal. By voltage, I mean how much emotion is pushing that signal through your body.
"Each signal for every chemical in your body is different. Your brain will in-turn release some neurotransmitter or chemical or hormone that is based on the signal it interprets. When you have the same emotion over and over and over in your life, your body will continue to produce and excrete that chemistry. It's almost always about some derivative of love or some derivative of hate. How much is it? It's constantly targeting the same organs with that chemistry over and over again. When it's negative, you get sick. Emotions are real, with real and tangible consequences within the body."
This is how our emotional state can affect our health. It can be positive or negative thus creating a balanced life or one with disease.
When it comes to the physical body it's important to know how your body works. Knowing how each organ system works, and how they affect other systems is very important. Know the early warning signs and notice changes in your body. Clearly if you have a family history of diabetes and you begin to feel tired, notice that you are thirsty more often, you would want to pay attention and take action as these are the early warning signs of diabetes. Study, research and know how things works. Eva uses the example of your body being like a car. If you notice one day that your brakes don't feel quite right – pay attention. Next you may notice that the brake pedal is becoming less responsive. It's time to do something about it before you have to replace the rotors and not just your brake pads! That's the difference between attention with action and disease.
"Early supplementation with vitamins, minerals and amino acids can keep you healthy and help to offset some future health problems," said Herr. She recommends plant-based vitamins and to do your research on those products. For instance, if you have high blood pressure stay away from vitamins with claims to energize you. They probably contain some sort of stimulant. Even though it may be natural, you would want to avoid that. "Pay attention. Research. And take action when you first notice a symptom. If you wait until it's a big issue – you may be too late," she cautioned.
You must learn to tell the difference between your conditioned judgmental mind and your higher mind. You must learn to "actively discern information". How do you do that? Eva says when you have a thought in your conscious mind it runs horizontally across your forehead. For instance, when you make a grocery list, recall a conversation, make plans for tomorrow, you feel it in your forehead. However, if you receive information from the Universal Consciousness, or God, or whatever you want to call it, you feel it drop into the top and center of your head. You must first clear all the mind chatter. That may take some practice but once your able to acutely discern information, it becomes easier and clearer each time you do it.
When asked about specific massage-related subjects, Eva says that soft tissue problems often stem from lack of emotional support. Muscle pain, joint problems, backaches, etc need massage but they also need emotional support. The lack of emotional support manifests physically by the lack of physical support. If you find yourself with rounded shoulders and pulling forward, it could be the weight of the world on your shoulders and you need to address that issue immediately. Get with like-minded people. Spend quality time with people who support your vision, beliefs and way of life. This holds you together emotionally and physically. It's building and supporting a solid framework!
Eva has many articles (located at www.evaherr.com) that are great reads for massage therapists. Her focus is what people can do at home to build and maintain a healthy life. She also interviews some of the most brilliant minds of today on her radio show "The Infinite Consciousness" (Sunday nights, BBS Radio).
I'll be tuning in.
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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