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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.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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!
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
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.
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.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
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.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
Integrating Vacutherapies Helps Achieve Homeostasis
By William F. Burton Jr., LMT, CMCE
Let's play a quick word association game. Here goes: equilibrium, stability, balance, regulate, internal, conditions. And the word we're looking for is: Homeostasis. Simply defined, homeostasis is the monitoring and maintaining of the body's internal environment. This process aids the body in maintaining a balanced and healthy state.
In massage school, we learn the anatomy and physiology of each organ system separately, but as an organism, it is the functions of these systems working as one unit that keeps the body in a stable, balanced and healthy state. The main job of maintaining this equilibrium belongs to the Autonomic Nervous System. The balancing of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is critical in keeping the body in homeostasis; you know ..."Fight or Flight."
Homeostasis is that virtual sanctuary where the body can hit the proverbial "reset" button. Our systems are always on alert status against negative outside influences keeping the body in a constant state of adjusting, readjusting, compensating and re-balancing. Along with our posture and the body's soft tissue, the body's temperature, pH and blood can all be affected by this negative bombardment. Our body, this wonderful machine, sometimes without warning, is thrust into a major conflict against these negative effects in order to bring the body back to homeostasis. One such negative force is stress and its cumulative effects. Stress can negatively affect our ability to combat and adjust to this challenge resulting in dysfunction, disease and even death. Another example of how homeostasis is negatively affected is by the accumulation of metabolic waste in the body. This will leave the body vulnerable to the effects of aging; slowing down the body's metabolic process, lymphatic and blood flow is stagnated leaving the body in a diseased state. But in the horizon we see the cavalry approaching to save the day aiding the body's battle.
The effects of stress are cumulative, but so are the effects of massage therapy through our applied strokes and/or techniques. Adding a defined intention and treatment plan along with the benefits of vacutherapies, we can encourage the body to "center itself" by creating positive effects on the circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems leaving the body in a better position to maintain homeostasis.
During a massage session, our strokes act to stimulate the body's natural healer: blood. Like other stimulating massage strokes such as petrissage, vibration, and/or rriction, the "lifting" action of the vacutherapies activates the sympathetic nervous system faster and with longer lasting results in the form of direct blood flow to dysfunctional area. The techniques of vacutherapies can also mimic the gliding effect of our effleurage massage stroke. Used rhythmically, this technique activates the parasympathetic nervous system which works to dominate the sympathetic system resulting in the dilation of blood vessels and the increase of chemical release and absorption.
Mechanically, vacutherapies work by lifting the soft tissue vertically while moving transversely, providing the stimulation and practically painless agitation to the structures being worked on: blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerve pathways, fascia and soft tissue. This, in turn, can aid the body in relieving dysfunction, injury, as well as the pain, etc. Including the techniques of vacutherapy as an adjunct to your massage session will result in: decrease in pain messages via nervous system, increase Serotonin, Dopamine levels, you know, the"feel good" hormones released by endocrine system. Fresh, oxygenated blood and increased lymph flow exchanged in the capillaries accelerating the removal of any and all metabolic by-products, muscle tissues are elongated, pliable and suppler, which is the key to a healthier musculoskeletal and fascial system resulting in the "unsticking" of adhesions and releasing of trigger points.
Inflammation is drawn out as hydration is drawn in. With the stimulation of blood flow and the activation of the PNS, peristalsis is increased. Synovial fluid is increased in the joints allowing for more free joint movement. There are many other benefits such as: resetting muscle spindles, changing the viscosity of ground substance, and "erase" history.
Remember, the body is a machine, and like a machine has to be maintained every day in order for optimal performance. Nothing happens to the body's internal environment without causing an adaptive or compensatory change either directly or indirectly resulting in an unbalanced homeostasis.
William F. Burton Jr., LMT, CMCE, is a certified educator for ACE Massage Cupping, hosting workshops and demonstrations. William is also a Massage Therapy instructor and owner of MindBody Therapeutics in Philadelphia, as well an author of "Deep Tissue Manual" used by local massage schools. William works with clients who have a wide variety of muscular, postural, and pain dysfunctions and conditions. For more information, visit www.MBTPhilly.com and www.massagecupping.com.
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