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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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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."
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!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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.
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.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
July, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 07
Bodywork Can Improve Abdominal Health
By Gay Lacy, LMT
Problems with large and small intestines, stomach, liver, gallbladder and kidneys can be helped with bodywork. Bodywork includes so much more than just muscular massage. Not knowing what it feels like, the first thing you may think is that it would be uncomfortable, but it's not. Abdominal bodywork is actually gentle.
For abdominal health, visceral (viscera is organ) manipulation (VM) and lymph drainage therapy (LDT) are a great combination to bring the body closer to wellness. Visceral Manipulation frees the movement of each organ, allowing it to function better. How can this help? I've had clients that started having gallbladder flutters and after one session, they were immediately eliminated. I had a client that had acid reflux most of her adult life and after three sessions, it was gone and she was able to get off her prescription medication. Some clients have elimination problems and this work can really help. Low back pain can sometimes come from the kidneys being stretched too far. If one organ is adhered to another, it's rocking motion and therefore its function is compromised. Gentle corrections can be done and your body will feel more at ease. VM can reset each organ's natural rhythm.
Listening techniques allow the practitioner to know where to start. Usually, no more than three organs are assisted in any given treatment. Locating a client's organ takes skill and practice. Many of us are not anatomically "by the book" perfect. Gentle hands-on with the organ and a learned practitioner can find and hold the organ. With gentle testing, any adhesions are found. Simply hold, allowing the body to let go. Most releases are quick and amazing. Our bodies are truly fascinating.
Mobility is increased and motility is then reset, meaning the organ is able to move in its normal, unrestrictive pattern and then the organs normal rhythm, pace and direction is reset. Another technique, the resetting of your body's sphincters is a gentle way to enhance your abdominal organ's flow of solids and fluids. This can help you digest food better (bile flow), reduce acid (flow out of stomach to duodenum) or normalize elimination processes (iliocecal valve from small intestines to large).
After a treatment of VM, LDT is a great follow-up because it clears congested circulation and brings fresh, oxygen-rich circulation into the abdomen and to the organs in a very specific, gentle way. LDT cleans and detoxes your body through a series of lymph nodes and safely returns this fluid, your lymph, to your blood. This reduces swelling and water-weight. It also clears the lymph nodes to process more toxins and tissue debris, increasing your immune response. Always listening with the hands and connecting to the fluid of the body, the practitioner follows the precise direction of the individual's lymph flow patterns. Congested areas become evident with practiced palpations skills.
Reasons for congestion include traumas, surgeries, scars, tight clothes, stress and toxins. There are many tools to clear congestion and speed the lymph flow. Specific scar release techniques, for instance, enhance flow through scars and make them less constrictive. Abdominal scars can cause pulling, numbing and the feeling that they're not part of your body. LDT can make scars feel more like your skin, eliminate or reduce the pull and free up organs or the abdominal wall to move naturally.
LDT can be used specifically on the liver, kidneys, lungs, pleura and the large and small intestines, as well as the abdominal and uteral cavities. It clears stagnant fluid and brings new circulations deep within the organs and abdominal cavity. It eases up tension you didn't know you had and helps your body function better. It can also relieve pain and tone the parasympathetic system.
With abdominal bodywork, you learn to feel your specific organs better, feeling releases and feeling when they are out of balance or congested. Abdominal bodywork is preventative care to areas normally dismissed. Your organs can function better, allowing you to live a healthier life. Try it as an adjunct to your wellness program and learn when to refer clients to qualified practitioners.
Gay Lacy is a licensed massage therapist in Winter Park, Fla. She has trained in Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology and Raindrop Therapy. Contact her at www.gaylacy.com or call 407.718.5326.
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