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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Tissue Density Restoration Massage for Plantar Fascitis
By Linda LePelley, RN, NMT
Plantar Fasciitis (PF), is a painful condition of the connective tissue of the bottom of the foot. While its etiology is not well understood, its symptoms are easily recognizable; acute pain upon walking after a period of immobility, which then dissipates, only to return again after extended use.
I have had the opportunity to treat many cases of PF with very good results using Tissue Density Restoration (TDR) Massage, which is based on the theory that there is an elevation of tissue density associated with musculoskeletal pain; and the belief that by restoring the density to normal, pain is relieved and function restored. I approach foot pain by focusing on the painful areas of elevated tissue density (ETD).
All tissues have a normal density and in the incidence of it becoming denser than it should be, it is often accompanied by pain. The etiology of ETD is a matter that I myself, not being a research scientist, can only guess about and hope that one day it is determined, which may provide the path to prevention. Until then, I focus my work on identifying ETD and restoring it to normal density, eradicating the pain in the process.
You will need warm towels, a heating pad, a massage cream with excellent glide, a couple of dry washcloths and a large, pink eraser. Explain to your client that you need them to let you know if their pain level becomes greater than a three on the 1/10 pain scale. You don't want to elicit a pain response that may worsen the condition and there is just no benefit or need to inflict pain. TDR massage takes about 45 minutes per area of concentration to affect a change in density, so if you are working on bilateral PF, you will want to schedule at least an hour and a half.
Prepare the feet for treatment with a warm foot soak, if available, then wrap in warm towels and work over a moderately warm heating pad unless your client is a diabetic, in which case the heating pad should be avoided. The whole point being that you want the feet warm, relaxed and as naturally soft and pliable as they can be. While working on one foot, keep the other wrapped warmly.
Warm massage cream in your hands and apply it to the foot. Massage the entire foot for several minutes to increase circulation and warmth, and especially to soften the tissues, engaging the foot with the full palmar surface of both hands and fingers, pressing and squeezing, moving the tissues of the toes, ball, arch and heel as if you are trying to stroke the surfaces of the underlying bones. Press firmly with the base of your palm into the heel and bottom of the foot, hold that pressure a moment, then release and repeat several times, to encourage circulation into the deepest layers of tissues in the foot. Do the same for each toe, grasping and rolling them so that all sides are manipulated. Take the foot in both hands, grasp the sides and with the joint of the big toe in one hand and the lateral side in the other, gently roll the foot back and forth, encouraging movement between the metatarsals. Once the foot is sufficiently warm, and has become relaxed, begin to look for the areas of ETD. Your clients will be able to direct you, if needed, to the area that is hurting.
As you focus in on the specific spots that are affected (they hurt), you will be able to palpate ridges and areas that are more firm than their surroundings. Areas of ETD can often feel as if a layer of candle wax has been melted over the bones and under the skin. As you continue to massage the entire area, the more normal tissues will soften first, making the areas of ETD more palpable and apparent. They often have a rubbery, "gristly" feel. These are the most tenacious tissues and they take the most effort to restore. This is where the large, pink eraser comes in handy. Use it to press into the firm, rubbery tissue, massaging in small circles. Have your client direct you to the spots that are the most painful and work on them first. You will likely notice that as the areas clear up, the pain shifts to adjacent spots. Every five minutes or so go back to massaging the entire foot for several strokes, and use a dry washcloth to vigorously rub the whole surface of the top and bottom of the foot to stimulate and keep the tissues moving, and maintain overall warmth.
As the affected tissues soften and become more pliable, you will be able to increase the pressure and movement without causing additional pain. If there is a heel spur involved, gently use the eraser to move the tissue around over the spur. It can take quite a bit of time for it to reduce and fade away, but the relief that brings is well worth the effort.
My clients with PF usually need six to eight treatments to clear the problem up, sometimes a few more, and sometimes in just a couple of treatments. By creating diagrams depicting the areas you worked on and cleared, with before and after measurements of the size and locations of dense tissues with descriptions of texture, quality and clients input regarding pain levels, you will have helpful indicators of the progress you have made. They are also the documentation you need to share your results with other members of the health care team.
As you become familiar with the feel of ETD, you will notice additional areas that are affected. Your client will often say they hadn't realized it hurt and sometimes it doesn't hurt at all. If it doesn't hurt, leave it alone for the time being. Make a note of its location after the treatment and suggest to your client that you work on it once the painful areas have been restored as a part of maintenance and to prevent future pain and dysfunction.
Linda LePelley, RN, NMT is a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist with 19 years of clinical massage experience. She developed Tissue Density Restoration (TDR) Massage, an effective treatment for the pain found in hyper-dense tissues. For more information, visit www.MyHealingHands.com.
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