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Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
June, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 06
The Power of Inhalation: Diffusing Essential Oils
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
When using essential oils as part of a massage practice, most of the focus goes on properties that can help relieve muscles and joints when applied topically. But the power of inhalation itself is sometimes overlooked, as are other therapeutic uses for essential oils that rely on this method alone.
These methods are useful in certain circumstances, such as:
While the efficacy and route of absorption of essential oils through the skin is a topic filled with speculation, there is no doubt about the instantaneous and powerful affect of inhaling aromatic molecules. When essential oils are exposed to air, they quickly transform from the liquid to gaseous state which makes it possible for them to enter the nasal cavity. From here, they can bind to olfactory cilia and develop into an electrical charge which is carried on the olfactory nerve into the brain, stimulating our aroma recognition as it reaches the olfactory bulb and continuing on to the hypothalamus where it influences the lower autonomic and endocrine systems and the hippocampus, where it stimulates or creates memories. It can also remain a gas, entering the respiratory system where it is absorbed into the bloodstream via the nasal mucosa or the alveoli in the lungs.
Diffusion is the method of releasing essential oils into the air. There are many ways to do this, including sprays and placing drops on cotton, but the newer forms of electric ultrasonic diffusers that produce a cool mist are currently the preferred method of delivery. There is no chemistry changing heat involved, the molecules created are smaller and disperse rapidly, and this can also be one of the least obvious and most cost efficient ways to incorporate one or a blend of essential oils into the client session. Some have optional light features that can be used to impart a color glow to the area if desired. These diffusers use very few drops of essences to produce an affect and can be timed to one hour or increased to cover more than one session. They are also very easy to clean, usually requiring only a wipe with a paper towel. And they are often filled with regular tap water.
Working specific to the individual, it is also good to have an ionizing air purifier in the room. Run this after the session to clear the build up of aromatic molecules between clients. That is also advisable after any other form of aromatherapy session. It considers the next client, but it also counteracts buildup for the therapist. Smaller sizes to cover the area of a massage room are often easily affordable.
I've included some recipe ideas for diffusion during a massage session.
Relaxation and anxiety relief without sedation:
Relaxation and pain relief:
Revitalizing and uplifting:
And during cold and flu season, to protect the client and the therapist:
If clients respond well to the diffused blend, consider carrying small diffusers and premade blends for a potential retail opportunity.
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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