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Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Make a Point to Connect with a Client's Energy
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Every time we touch our clients, we enter their energy field and visa versa. It is an integral part of doing bodywork, whether it is Swedish massage, sports massage or another modality. What is energy? According to modern physics, energy is what you find when you break down a body or an object into very small parts; it is invisible energy."It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing – a somewhat unfamiliar concept for the average mind." Albert Einstein.
The Chinese call that energy Qi (pronounced chee). It is our life force. When it disappears, we stop living. It is in us and all around us in our aura, chakras and other energy systems.
The two energy systems we encounter as soon as we approach a client (or any other person for that matter), are the aura and the chakras. The aura is a sphere of energy with multiple layers. It acts as a protective atmosphere around you but also connects you to the earth environment. It can be thought as your "space suit" that filters some of the energies you encounter, keeping out the ones that are detrimental, but also drawing in the ones that you need. The chakras are like "power stations" or vortexes extending out, attuned to larger energies in the universe. There are seven chakras located in ascending sequence from your pubic bone up to your head. The aura has seven bands which attach to the body through the chakras. Each auric band attaches to a specific chakra. When the aura filters out or attracts energy, it does so through the chakras.
As we enter a client's energy field, our aura and chakras interact with theirs. Because of that interaction, it is our duty as massage therapists and bodyworkers to make sure that our energy is sturdy, peaceful and balanced. This is important for them but also for us.
Clients come to us for relief of pain, physical injuries and for relaxation. Very often the massage/bodywork session is the only time in a client's busy life when they can pause and take care of themselves. If the therapist is not grounded or is tired, preoccupied, in a bad mood or distracted, the client will feel it, his or her energy will be affected and the quality of our interventions will be lessened. The therapeutic effect of the session can become diminished or non-existent. Conversely, if our energy is not sturdy, we can be impacted by a client's distressed energy, making it difficult to release this negative effect at the end of the massage, possibly affecting energy for the rest of the day. If it happens too frequently, ultimately we will not be able to sustain the physical, mental and energetic demands of our craft.
How do we make sure that our energy is in good shape? Good quality sleep is essential, which means getting enough hours and not going to bed too late. According to acupuncturist Dr Nan Lu, "...more energy is required to keep the body's systems active after midnight, a time when the body naturally should be resting. Most people are surprised when I tell them they expend nearly two or three times the amount of energy when staying up very late."
At the beginning of the work day, prepare yourself with an energy building and centering routine: energy exercises, Qigong, Tai Chi or meditation. Before a session, ground yourself. There are a few quick easy ways to ground yourself. You can walk barefoot on the grass for a few minutes or, standing up, you can visualize that your feet extend into the ground like tree roots. Clear your mind by staying quiet for a little while. Put away your problems in your "personal iCloud" and, of course, stay away from your smartphone. Focus on your intention.
Between clients, clear yourself of the client's energy by washing your arms up to the elbows. You can also visualize their energy leaving your body or do some energy exercises. Make sure that you schedule enough time between clients so you can release the energy of the previous one and clear the space for the next.
At the end of the day, take care of yourself and have some time to reflect on the work of the day. A shower can be beneficial to wash away the accumulated energies and remember to change your clothes. Walking in nature at a quiet pace is also a great way to relax and transition to the next part of the day.
As clients lie on our tables and we touch them to relieve their pain, aches and stress, our energy intertwines with theirs in a subtle dance. This is sacred work which ultimately benefits both participants. Be prepared.
Marie-Christine Lochot is a licensed massage therapist, energy bodyworker and educator. Owner of Massage Montclair in New Jersey, she has been a member of the AMTA since 1994 and is nationally certified by NCBTMB. With specialties in Swedish massage, massage for people affected by cancer and energy healing, Marie-Christine coaches and teaches energy healing to laypeople, massage professionals and in the corporate environment. With a diverse background in management and accounting, Marie-Christine also teaches small business and private practice organization. She can be reached at www.massagemontclair.com.
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