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Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
News in Brief
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Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
We Get Letters & Email
Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
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 more information about Rita Woods, LMT.
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