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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
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.
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 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.
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?
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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