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How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Swimming: Enjoying Summer Fun in the Winter
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
Now that winter is here, most of us who live north of Missouri are preparing to spend more time indoors. Some of us - myself included - do this more reluctantly than others. During the winter, we need to be extra vigilant in finding creative ways to keep active.For instance, putting on our winter boots and going for a hike in the snow, or going ice skating with our children. It is so easy to get in exercise without even realizing it when it is warm outside: walking with friends or swimming in the pool with your kids.
As inch upon inch of snow piles up, I find myself reminiscing about sunny days, walks along the canal, the tropical smell of sun block and swimming pools. Speaking of swimming pools, this summer was particularly memorable because of the Olympics. Watching the victories of the "Fantastic Five" and our women's relay track team was thrilling. However, the most memorable moments for me happened in the pool as I, along with most other Americans, watched anxiously to see if Michael Phelps would make history and become the world's most decorated Olympic athlete. As I think back to the Olympic games of this past summer, I am reminded that even though we cannot bask in the summer sun while it's snowing, we can still head to the pool. Most gyms and YMCA's have indoor pools, so if you belong to one, why not use it?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the U.S. Swimming and water aerobics are also low-impact sports, making them very low risk for injury. The CDC goes on to list many other benefits of swimming and water-based exercises:
Getting into the pool and trying to swim might seem intimidating for those who have never learned proper technique, or who do not swim much. The good news is, swimming classes for adults are now more popular than ever (thanks in part to Michael Phelps). In addition, there is a wealth of information on the web regarding swimming techniques. In particular, I have found the instructional videos on YouTube helpful, as well as the articles and tips on the USA Swimming website.
If swimming laps in a pool does not pique your interest, consider water aerobics. For those who love aerobics or dancing, but have joints that don't, water exercise classes are an excellent alternative. Water aerobics now seem to be offered at gyms everywhere, and range from low to high intensity, and are offered in shallow or deep water. Flotation devices are used in the deep water programs, so one does not need to be an expert swimmer to participate in these. Zumba has started an Aqua Zumba series, for those looking for a fun, low-impact, high intensity form of exercise. There are even ability and age appropriate water exercise classes approved by the Arthritis Foundation and Silver Sneakers, the national fitness program designed for senior citizens.
There is something for everyone when it comes to exercising in a pool. Hopefully, the thought of going to a pool will motivate you to remain healthy during the winter. It is important for us to stay healthy and fit so we can serve our clients to the best of our abilities. Spending time in the water energizes our bodies and minds, even in the midst of winter. So if you start to feels some of those "seasonal" blues, grab your suit, towel and a change of clothes and dive in!
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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