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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.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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!
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
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.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
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.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
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.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
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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