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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Achieving More Than Just Working on One Person at a Time
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
I invite you to take the time to read this short story on how to help millions of women prevent chronic pain. It begins at a very early age when the mind and the body are the most impressionable. We can do more to fight chronic pain than just working on one body at a time. Learn how you can get involved and why.
What is a Muse journey? It is an opportunity to earn three Girl Scout leadership awards, all of which build foundational leadership skills critical to moving up the Girl Scout ladder of leadership and becoming lifelong leaders themselves. The leadership award has three parts: Reach out, Speak out and Try out. The journey has to do with building self-esteem, which is linked to confidence and other positive benefits for girls such as health, happiness, athletic ability, academic achievement and social skills. The journey takes about a year or more to complete.
So, why should you get involved in something like this? Because through this process of involvement, you, as a massage therapist, can help build self-esteem in young women across the country which can lead to a lifestyle of less chronic pain. Also,, this is a fantastic opportunity to achieve business exposure in your community. Here is some staggering statistics regarding the future of women and pain. Research has shown that more than 10 million Americans will be afflicted with Fibromyalgia and that 75% to 90% of that number will be women.
Pain management centers across the country affirm that the number one thing that can help in managing this kind of chronic pain is lifestyle change. Their recommendations are increasing happiness, movement, being a part of the community, improving health through better nutrition and staying positive about life. Doesn't that resemble what the Girl Scout troops across America are trying to instill in our junior-age girls? The Girl Scouts goal is to help avoid the typical drop in self-esteem during the adolescence years. Research studies have linked low self-esteem with depression. For further information on this research you can visit www.GoodTherapy.org.
Here is how I got involved. A friend of mine became a Girl Scout leader to help out her granddaughter's troop and she told me about the year long journey she was planning with the girls. She explained it was about visiting the women in the community and having the girls experience their roles. Her intention was to work on two badges at once Reach Out and Try Out. Reach Out, as she explained, is about visiting and understanding the many roles women and girls play in the world around them and the leadership skills used to play them. And Try out is all about the juniors having the courage and confidence to try out new roles. So, I reached out and invited them to my facility to try out being a personal trainer, massage therapist, esthetician and business owner.
Earning the Try Out Badge
First, I asked them what they knew about personal training. And they had great answers like: diet, exercise and sweating. This is where I really got to do some education about personal training. I gave them information that a personal trainer actually helps people achieve their goals of not just looking better but feeling better and instilling a sense of well-being. We talked about the difference between fitness and wellness. With the goal always being wellness. Each one of the girls had the opportunity to lead us in movement, calling out the body part they were exercising. This is a great way of teaching them the names of the anatomy and what the function of the anatomy does.
Second, I asked them what they knew about massage therapy. And again great answers like, "it relaxes you" and "feels good." We had hand reflexology charts printed for them to follow and try out on each other. During the reflexology session, one of the girls proclaimed after answering a question I asked, "I must have woke up my brain." The experience also went much further than that day. This girl's grandmother told me while at school the next day she was searching for an answer on a test and remembered that pressing the end of her finger was how you wake up the brain. She did just that and relayed to her grandmother that the answer came to her immediately. She busily told all of her other classmates about the experience and she is happy to report they all are waking up their brains!
We also went over some of the conditions that massage therapy can help from the young to the old. Many of the girls were involved in sports so we talked about different sports injuries massage therapy can help with. They also got to experience the six strokes of massage and were encouraged to give Mom and Dad a massage when they got home. I was told that all of them did just that and they didn't stop talking about their experience for at least two hours after getting home.
Third, I asked them what they knew about facials and skin care. Again they had great answers, like "a muddy face and cucumbers." So, we finished the journey with skin care education and leading them through giving themselves facials. They did miss the mud, but really enjoyed the hot towels.
How You Can Get Involved
Bring Community Awareness
There are other ways you can bring community awareness to what you do. Why not try a falls prevention program at your local church, or a headache prevention workshop for your bank branches. How about carpal tunnel prevention for your medical transcriptionists or even teaching self-stretching to your local Parkinson's group. Pick up a copy of your community calendar at your chamber of commerce or local community meetings and get out there and become an educator. If you hate public speaking, then read the book by Susan Jeffers, PhD, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. And to quote the Girl Scouts of America, "Trying on roles and realizing your limitless potential builds confidence!"
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