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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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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