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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Get Optimal Energy with Nutritional Self Care
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Lois Orth-Zitoli
It is our experience that massage therapists are some of the most giving, compassionate people on the planet. While we might be exceptional at caring for others, many massage therapists put themselves last when it comes to their own self-care.
Being a massage therapist is a physically and emotionally demanding job. If you feel totally spent at the end of each work day, then applying a few small changes to your daily eating habits may give you the necessary boost of optimal energy to meet the demands of each day.
Over the next several issues, we will talk about how to eat, when to eat and what to eat to keep your energy levels steady. This information is particularly useful for those of you who always feel tired, those of you who experience a daily 3 p.m. slump, and for those of you who wonder why you can't seem to lose any weight, despite eating a diet of healthy foods.
How To Eat
People seem to be moving at a pace previously unknown to humankind. Words like multi-tasking came into existence to describe this trend. While many think that multi-tasking makes you more productive, it often backfires when applied to mealtimes. According to recent research, multi-tasking causes us to lose focus and decrease productivity. Have you ever shared a meal with someone who eats like they are in the Indy 500? As you are enjoying your second bite of a lovely meal, suddenly you notice your friend's plate is already empty! Or maybe it's your plate. So, why is this relevant?
While you can eat the healthiest meal imaginable, if you are not in a relaxed state during this time, your metabolism is literally shut off. As therapists, we are aware of the "fight-or-flight" response. When you eat in a hurried state, even if you aren't feeling stressed, you are placing the body into a "fight or flight" mode. All the physical changes of the stress response are activated: heart rate speeds up, blood pressure increases, respiration quickens, blood reroutes away from the midsection of the body and hormones (such as adrenaline and cortisol) are released into the bloodstream. Not the greatest scenario for your digestive tract. In fact, when you eat a meal while in a stressed state, you actually absorb up to 50 percent less nutrients from your food. Therefore, if you want to improve your digestion and metabolism, pay attention to how you eat. Also, schedule breaks between clients that are long enough to incorporate the following Mindful Eating Tips:
If you tend to eat while standing up, driving or watching TV, then you might find the practice of mindful eating challenging at first. The key word is "practice." Bad habits do not change overnight. If these Mindful Eating Tips seem insane or impossible to you, then just choose the easiest one of the four tips and try it for two weeks. After two weeks, try to add another tip to your Mindful Eating practice.
Click here for more information about Ben Benjamin, PhD.
Lois Orth-Zitoli, of Full Circle Health, maintains a private practice in massage therapy and health/nutrition coaching in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Lois leads workshops on nutrition, coaches both individuals and groups, and teaches healthy cooking classes. She can be reached at
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