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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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Current Trends in Relieving Migraine Pain
By Kelly Lott, LMT, MTI, NCBTMB,CIMI
More than 50 million people worldwide suffer debilitating pain from migraine headaches each year. But, what is a migraine headache and what options are there to help your clients end their suffering?
"Migraine" comes from the ancient Greek word, "hemicranias" meaning "half-head" or felt on one side of the head. The exact way a migraine works is not known, however it is thought to be caused by an inappropriate activation of a pain warning system. This system stays on and continuously repeats. During a migraine, the blood vessels in the brain expand in a process called vasodilatation. As the tissues surrounding the brain swell, the pain intensifies. In current research today, there is not one common cause for a migraine, however there are many common triggers such as: stress, caffeine addiction, hormonal changes, food allergies and environmental agitation.
The common solution for migraine pain is for clients to turn to over-the-counter medications or, in extreme cases, prescription drugs like Imitrex. While these can help for a while, the long-term side effects can be much, much worse than the initial headaches. Over-the-counter medications must be taken with caution because they could actually make the headache worse if they are not taken correctly. The overuse of pain relievers such as exceeding the recommended instructions or not following your doctor's advice can cause a "rebound headache." When the medication wears off, you might experience a withdrawal reaction, prompting you take more, which can lead to another headache, and on and on.
Another emerging solution for migraine pain is the use of acupuncture. According to research conducted by WebMD, "Researchers found that compared with standard medical care, acupuncture offers substantial benefits in preventing headaches and improving the quality of life for people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines." So, as a massage therapist, what solutions can you offer your clients to help them through these awful, painful headaches. Well, there are not a lot of options in the spa marketplace at this time, but one option helping people all across the U.S. is a cold stone therapy process for migraine headaches.
The cold stone treatment for migraine headache pain dramatically and quickly reduces the pressure and pain that accompanies migraines and many different types of headaches. The treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes and consists of headache point releases, specific essential oils (aromatherapy) applied to the face and pulse points, along with the use of specially designed and crafted cold marble stones placed at strategic areas to reduce inflammation of blood vessels. In general, the sense of smell is the strongest sense most people have and, when introduced to aromatherapy designed for a certain type of headache, it can cause an immediate physiological relief from the irritation.
Therapists are even finding this treatment useful for themselves, as well as their clients. "I have been a headache sufferer since I was nine years old," said massage therapist Crista Taylor. "At times, the headache was minor and more of a lingering dull pain that could be ignored. But at other times, it would be debilitating. I have used the cold stones and facial strokes on myself about once every two days and I have been headache free for over two months!"
Kelly Lott, LMT is a massage therapist with more than 20 years experience in massage and transitioned into teaching full time for the past 15 years. She has been a nationally certified instructor through NCBTMB for the past 13 years. She has extensive experience teaching massage classes all around the country in pregnancy, post-partum/labor, face toning, cold stone therapy for migraine headaches and many other massage related topics. To learn more about migraine pain, or the cold stone treatment for migraine therapy pain, visit www.KellyLott.com.
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