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The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
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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