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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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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