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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
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.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
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.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
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.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
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.
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.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
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.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
VacuTherapies and Working With the Senior Athlete
By Annie Garic
There are more than 10,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 90+ that gather every two years to compete in the National Senior Games. These athletes train year round in their chosen sport and participate in yearly local events in order to improve their skills.As with athletes at any age, injuries occur that can sometimes sideline them. I know, because I’m one of them. No one wants to take time out due to a nagging injury. VacuTherapies can really help speed up recovery time.
Vacuum therapy, is a highly effective modality for treating most injuries at any age, even if your client is not an athlete. These techniques are a modern application for the ancient tool used in traditional cupping practices. With vacuum therapy, the practitioner uses cups as an extension of their hands to mobilize tissue and fluids. Cups are utilized in a variety of different ways in order to accomplish the desired results. An amazing aspect of this method is the speed in which results are achieved. Vacuum therapy promotes circulation, moves stagnation, reduces inflammation and loosens adhesions. It’s a technique that can be enjoyed by the injured athlete because it has a sedating effect on the nervous system. Proper use of equipment lifts and separates tissues allowing fresh blood and oxygen into dehydrated, undernourished areas.
A 59-year-old female basketball player broke a bone in her hand during practice that required surgery. Two weeks later, the swelling in her hand under the cast had not subsided. She was not able to bend her fingers, which was an intricate part of her physical therapy. She then came for a massage. I applied the VacuTherapies machine to the appropriate areas. While I monitored the machine, I was also able to work with my hands on other affected areas of her body that needed attention. The vacuum machine affords the practitioner the opportunity to achieve more results in the same amount of time. The vacuum therapy drained the lymph system and the inflammation in her hand was reduced significantly. She returned to physical therapy and her recovery time was lessoned. She was back on the court earlier than was predicted.
Vacuum therapies can also be used on site. The vast selection of equipment affords the therapist a multitude of choices to bring along to any sporting event. The cups range in size to accommodate the large muscle groups, like quadriceps and gluteus, and very small ones to fit hands, feet and the occipital region. While playing in a basketball tournament, a 56-year-old female athlete strained her gastrocnemius, forcing her to sit out the rest of the day. That evening, we used a large cup from the manual set to lift and stretch the soft tissue. I initially used suction/release technique due to the sensitivity of the lower leg. Then, gentle, long gliding movements to move out any debris using constant suction. I completed the treatment with reverse friction using a smaller cup along the anterior attachments and around the knee. The next day, the athlete was able to resume tournament play as if nothing happened...to the dismay of the opposing teams, I might add.
One of my clients is a 64-year-old avid tennis player. While playing, she experienced a pain in her shoulder. By the time she finished her match, it had transferred to neck pain. By using a technique called “rolling rotation” I was able to locate the trigger point in her rhomboids. This technique, along with a couple of other techniques called twisting and shaking enabled the release of some deep adhesions.
Senior games offer 19 different sports to participate in. One of my clients, a 67-year-old male, takes advantage of about half of them. One day, he sustained an injury to his wrist while diving for a softball. The pain was shooting up his extensor muscles. The first thing I did was park the micro magnet cups to change the polarity of the tissue. Then I applied some suction/release for deep tissue release. I finished the treatment with reverse friction on the attachments of his forearm muscles. A couple of weeks later, I ran into him at the gym, where he was playing pickle ball. I asked how his injury was doing and he said, “what injury?” One treatment had resolved it completely.
Several years ago, a female athlete came to me for a pain she felt in the attachment area of her hamstrings that was also radiating down to her foot. She had just turned 80 and was training for a half marathon. She was on a time frame that did not allow her to cut back on her work outs. At the beginning of the treatment, the client was very sensitive to palpation on her gluteus. I placed a large cup from the vacuum machine on the suction/release mode area to flush the muscles and relax the nervous system. This allowed me to have both hands free to explore the hamstrings. What I found was an adhesion in the belly of the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles.
The “bunching up” mid-way down her leg seemed to be causing her pain at the ischial tuberosity. I then switched the cup from her gluteus to the area over the adhesion. The gluteus area was much less sensitive and I was able to do some deep tissue work on her periforimis with the client experiencing much less pain. After taking the pulsating cup off of the hamstrings, the adhesion had softened significantly. I changed the cup size and adjusted the machine to static suction and continued to use the vacuum with different techniques over the entire muscle group. When the session was over, the client reported a reduction in her pain and a feeling of lightness in her leg. We did one more treatment a week later and she was free of pain. This therapy did not interrupt her training schedule and she successfully accomplished her goal of completing the half marathon.
As a therapist and senior athlete, the equipment provided through this modality is an invaluable part of my lifestyle. Self care is key to maintaining fitness for my career and sporting activities. After an extreme workout, I am able to apply the cups easily to flush areas of lactic acid before any soreness sets in. When traveling to competitions, I pack a set of the various sized silicone cups. This prepares me for any ailment that may arise. The “big mouth” silicone cup comes in handy to relieve congestion in the legs and hips. The smaller size cups accommodate other body parts that may be in need. My teammates benefit from them, too, and that makes for a winning combination.
Annie Garic graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of New Orleans and a Masters degree in Physical Education from Southern Methodist University. She began her massage therapy career in 1987 earning certifications from the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, the Atlanta School of Massage and the Upledger Institute. In 2000, she took her first ACE Massage Cupping(TM) workshop from Anita Shannon and became a Certified ACE Massage Cupping(TM) Educator in 2005. Annie practices in New Orleans and Asheville, North Carolina and teaches nationwide.
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