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Three for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
Taking the time to do an exam is important, but it is time spent. The exam serves as a way to physically validate your clinical impression following a history and clinical consultation.
How to Use Online Video as a Tool to Market Your Practice
Health care practitioners, including chiropractors, should consider online videos as a key element of their Internet marketing strategy. In the next three years, videos are expected to account for nearly 70 percent of all consumer online traffic, according to Cisco.
News in Brief
While indignation may be your immediate reaction to H.R. 5780, the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2014, the American Chiropractic Association suggests the legislation is just what the chiropractic profession needs.
Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness, Part 2
In Part I of this article, we detailed the variety of environmental toxins assaulting our bodies. These include pesticides and herbicides; plastics; preservatives; cosmetics; gasoline additives, solvents and glues; and heavy metals.
Right Back Where We Started?
More than 25 years after Judge Susan Getzendanner issued her historic opinion in the Wilk v AMA anti-trust case, evidence suggests that despite increasing collaboration between doctors of chiropractic and their allopathic medical counterparts, when it comes to organized medicine, we may be right back where we started.
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Rethinking Our Approach to Immunization; Coming Together for the Good of Our Patients.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing: Importance of Opening the Sensory Portals in Classical Chinese Medicine
The Chinese medical classics are not just clinical guides. They give advice; ways we can awaken more fully into conscious awareness.
Animal Acupuncture Gaining in Popularity
We have just finished the year of the fire hoarse and now it is time to spend some time alone, daydreaming and thinking outside the box in terms of where our profession is headed. The sheep person is well organized and creative so this should not be difficult to do.
Helping to Create the Healthiest Generation
The imperative to create the "Healthiest Generation by 2030," envisioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), was in full force at the APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans from November 15-19, 2014.
Fight Colorectal Cancer With Folic Acid
CRC is the second most common cause of cancer mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Although genetic susceptibility plays a role in the etiology of CRC, dietary factors, including certain vitamins, have also been shown to influence the development of the disease in various studies.
Taking the Freeze Out of Adhesive Capsulitis
Adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder" is a relatively common condition resulting in severe shoulder pain and global loss of glenohumeral joint range of motion. Incidence of the condition is approximately 3 percent in the general population.
The App Advantage: Get More for Less
You may have noticed the list of "app-exclusive" articles in the directory on the front page of the print issue and in the Table of Contents on page 4. You can't find these articles in print or even in our online archives.
Age and Fertility: Why We Should Worry Less About Age and More About Overall Health
Recently, on one of the acupuncture alumni forums, the topic of age and fertility came up when a practitioner posted a question regarding a patient that was about to turn 40-years-old.
Show Up and Show Respect
I was recently asked about my chiropractic philosophy. My answer surprised my questioner.
Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) has grown and flourished from its inception thousands of years ago in China. In surrounding regions of Asia, AOM developed as a response to differing cultural, pathological, health and wellness care needs.
I Felt it in My Fingers First
I'm not afraid to say it. Massage therapists make better acupuncturists. I'll tell you how I know, but first I have a question: What do a microcurrent device, a laser and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
Professionalism and Evidence-Based Health Care
Today's chiropractors are facing a conundrum with the Affordable Care Act and its health care reform requirements, including evidence-based practice and health technology assessment.
Ringing in the Billing New Year
What are the new modifiers that replace modifier 59? Will they allow doctors of chiropractic to be paid for 97140, manual therapy, when done with chiropractic manipulation?
AWB Makes a Difference in the Yucatan
We are in the sleepy town of Izamal, located about an hour from the Merida airport where our group arrived last night. Later that morning, on a bus winding through the dusty roads of the Yucatan, fourteen acupuncturists, two facilitators from AWB and two tour guides make their way to the small rustic town of Popola.
The Way of Zen Performance Enhancement
Working with elite athletes and implementing various techniques to keep athletes focused and at their optimal performance for a sustained period of time includes incorporating various meditation techniques that counterbalance their sport-specific physical and mental demands, which is an important element of success throughout the years.
Happy New Year 2015 Gong Hoy Fat Choi
Welcome to the year of the sheep! We begin a new year guided by the sign of a quietly and creatively organized animal.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Occupational LBP in Primary- and High-School Teachers; Treating MVA Complications With Chiropractic Care; Neck Pain: Immediate Effects of Active Scapular Correction; Taping Benefits Stride, Step Length in Fatigued Runners.
The Static Postural Pelvic Exam
I include a static postural analysis in my evaluation routine whether you are a patient in pain or an elite-sport athlete in training. In my day-to-day practice, I require patients to stand still while I "just look" at them.
Two for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
In today's healthcare system, diagnoses and treatment plans follow a western medical model - especially if you work with attorneys or insurance companies.
Trouble Down Under: San Zhen Therapy for Lower Jiao Issues
In the last several columns, I have discussed many clinical options for utilizing San Zhen or Three Needle Therapy. In this installment, I will continue this trend and discuss several foundational patterns which can be found in several very common clinical presentations.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Clients With Reiki
By Karina Braun, LMT, RYT
Massage therapists that are trained as Reiki practitioners should administer the treatment to themselves and to their clients. When the benefits of Reiki treatments are discussed, it is generally in reference to how it helps the client. However, there are also many benefits for the therapist as well.
When a therapist performs Reiki on a client, they conduct the energy through their body as a conduit. When this happens, universal energy is transmitted through the therapist. As this energy flows through the therapist, clearing the pathways along the way, it then flows to the client and induces a sense of peace and calming. Reiki can help the therapist balance the physical, mental and spiritual parts of their body. On the physical level, when the energy is conducted, it helps to unblock the joints of the arms, hands and the hand chakras. Since massage therapy is physical, it can create stress and strain on the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Therapists can perform a Reiki self treatment to clear any accumulated or blocked energy in the body. A self-treatment can also assist the body in releasing toxins and support the body's natural healing abilities.
On the mental level, Reiki can help balance the therapist's mind and emotions. When a therapists is in danger of becoming burned out, Reiki can help resolve stress, fear and anxiety from the system. It assists by leveling out the emotions and bringing a sense of calm. Self administered Reiki can also help the therapist on the spiritual level. It can change negative thought patterns by helping the therapist let go of anger and worry. Reiki can help therapists be more empathetic to their client and develop the intuition needed to do healing work. All of these attributes help the therapist reach a higher potential because the energy field will be more balanced.
Outcomes from administering Reiki can be felt on many levels. Reiki can help balance the energetic system and the results can be immediate or the energy can balance over time. Creating balance on the physical and emotional level can possibly prevent a disease from occurring if it is cleared before it is deeply integrated into the aura and the chakras. Regular Reiki treatments can keep the aura clear and the chakras balanced for optimal health. It is suggested to receive regular treatments both self administered and performed by another Reiki therapist. The recommended treatment plan depends on the situation, but is suggested at least once a week, self administered, and at least once a month performed by another therapist.
Here is an example of a self treatment for a massage therapist. Hold each position for one to three minutes:
This Reiki self treatment option can help therapists keep the central channel of energy clear so they can then be a clear vessel to treat their clients effectively. Get into the habit of practicing this self treatment option and see the difference it will make.
Karina Braun, LMT, RYT, is author of Creating Peace with Your Hands and Create Peace Yoga for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers. She is owner of Get In Touch Education and offers live seminars and home study courses to keep therapists healthy and help them prevent injuries. For more information, visit www.igetintouch.com.
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