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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
From Stressed Out to Self Care
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What does climbing a rock wall have to do with self-care? It's all about reaching new heights of self-awareness by renewing, revitalizing and jump-starting your spirit. Do you have to climb a rock wall to achieve this? Certainly not.The point is to do something outside the box, something that stretches you beyond your comfort zone and challenges you to focus on yourself.
As massage therapists we spend hours taking care of other people's needs. Yet many therapists shy away from spending time and money on their own needs. If this rings true for you, join me as I share my experience of climbing out of my box and into a new awareness of myself. I hope my story will inspire you reach new heights of consciousness.
Climbing Out of the Box
Self-care begins with how we spend our time. This concept became clear to me when my best friend and I recently celebrated our birthdays at Canyon Ranch Spa Miami. In the middle of this get-away I turned to my friend and said, "Wow, how different would all of our decisions about life be if we could make them in the absence of stress?" Under stress we see time as the enemy. When we are fighting the clock, we fail to see the possibilities available to us. Instead of enjoying our time and making empowered decisions, we react to situations and put off the "good stuff."
By taking a few days to care for my body and spirit, I felt the pressure of time slip away. For three days I did exactly what I wanted. I ate when I was hungry, worked out, rested and had an absolute blast laughing at myself doing Zumba. Then, I made the stretch... although I'm terrified of heights, I decided to move way out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to climb a rock wall. Getting up the wall was tough. I can tell you it took six attempts, each time getting a little higher than before. But with the support and encouragement of my best friend and my instructor, Wally, I made it.
Then it was time to come down, which meant I had to actually let go of the wall. Much like life, letting go can be scary. It requires us to release our sense of control. Even with the harnesses securely in place, I felt my heart race with the fear of falling. At points I wasn't sure I was going to make it. The only thing I could do was to feel the fear and do it anyway. That sense of overcoming my fears and succeeding at something was so motivating. Yet it also made me realize how much time we all spend inside our comfortable box, fighting the clock, ignoring our needs. When we are slaves to our routines and we view time as the enemy, there's no space to grow, to rest and renew our spirits. There is no time to actually enjoy our lives.
How Are You Spending Your Time Currency?
There's a quote by Carl Sandburg, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." So, if time is the currency of life, how are you spending yours? Many of us live our lives for the illusive "someday." To me, this word "someday" is the scariest word in the English language. "Someday I will... get in shape... slow down... learn how to play guitar... go back to college... have enough money to retire... begin to eat right... stop waiting and start living." That someday is your life. That someday is TODAY!
Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
When you go to the doctor's office, he or she will assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis and create a plan of care based on your needs. If you were to assess your symptoms right now, what would you discover? Are you stressed out, overwhelmed and stretched too thin? What is the diagnosis and plan of care based on your spiritual, emotional and physical needs right now? Here are some guidelines to help you come up with a self-care plan. But remember, only you can follow through and make your someday now.
Tip #1: Save for Your Own Spa-Cation
Tip #2: Let Nature Recharge Your Spirit
Tip #3: Engage Your Passion
Tip #4: Let Music Move You
Tip #5: Scare Yourself a Little
Tip #6: Invest In Yourself
Tip #7: Connect with the Divine Every Day
I could go on and on with ideas about how to honor your needs and care for yourself. But the bottom line is, you have to make the commitment to care for yourself with loving compassion.
Climbing Your Own Wall
Thomas Edison perceived that, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." And from the Scriptures, "Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up." (Gal 6:9 TLB). We often apply these principles to our work, but what would our lives look like if we also applied them to our self-care needs? How would your "someday" look then? Don't settle for a mediocre life, my friend. Spend your coins wisely.
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