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Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
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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