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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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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