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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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
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?
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
A Distorted View: How Massage Impacts Body Image Issues
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Having concerns or worrying about body size, weight and appearance is quite common. However, in some cases, this concern becomes a problem which can lead to a distorted view of one's self, unhealthy eating and confusing views of the body.These thoughts are often complicated by negative feelings, low self-esteem and depression. Massage therapy providers may find value in learning more about supporting clients with body image differences.
Eating disorders are complex, with both anorexia and bulimia having their own treatment concerns, criteria and issues. At the core of anorexia is the belief that being thin will lead to a better life, while bulimia consists of the pattern of binging and purging, often used as a coping mechanism during times of stress.
Anorexia often leads sufferers to become severely underweight, while bulimics are often able to maintain a normal weight. The largest contrast studies have found between anorexia and bulimia is impulsivity. Control is the main motivator for many anorexics, while impulsivity, or the action of releasing pressure from unrealistic standards, cause the action of binge and purge for bulimics. It is not uncommon to see both diagnoses together and it is important to note that physical symptoms may not be obvious for both conditions.
Statistics and Lack of Touch
A recent study on the prevalence of eating disorders in adolescents estimates approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating. Even more disturbing was the finding that the onset of these eating behaviors starts around ages 12 and 13, but are most typically found in the late teenage years and continue into adulthood.
Eating disorders are often related to emotional issues such as control and self-esteem. There are typically a number of contributing factors including difficult relationships with friends or family, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, loss and grief, stress or feelings of losing control.
Why Nurturing Touch?
Nurturing touch and massage have been linked not only as a prevention method early in life, but as a form of treatment for those suffering from eating disorders and disordered eating. In the early years, it has been further observed that when body boundaries have not been consistently outlined by touch, caress and secure holding, individuals in later life experience their body image as disproportionate, misshapen and overly large. Research findings suggest that physical modes of nurturing, that is, "nurturance by touching and hugging," are of importance in the development of body image, especially among females.
A study focused on anorexia nervosa followed nineteen women who either received standard treatment or standard treatment plus massage therapy twice a week for five weeks. Using standard Swedish massage techniques, the participants received a 30-minute full body massage. The massage group reported lower stress and anxiety levels and had lower cortisol (stress) hormone levels following massage. Over the five-week treatment period, they also reported decreases in body dissatisfaction on the Eating Disorder Inventory and showed increased dopamine and norepinephrine levels.
In a similar study, 24 adolescent females affected by bulimia were randomly assigned into either a massage therapy or control group. The massage therapy group received massage two days a week for five days, all were administered by massage therapists. The patients remained fully clothed and were massaged on various areas of their body, including 15 minutes in the supine position and 15 minutes in the prone position. The results showed an immediate reduction in anxiety/depression and by the last day of the therapy, results showed they had lower depression scores, lower cortisol (stress) levels and higher dopamine levels.
A Massage Therapists Approach
As with all clients, safety and ethical practice are our first concern. Always perform a detailed client intake and personal health history. In some cases, having eating differences, body image issues, anorexia nervosa and bulimia may cause complications and other health issues. Follow all known contraindications to massage therapy.
When working with youth who are dealing with body image issues, or are diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia, practice with client confidentiality and comfort in mind. Provide a safe and nurturing environment where the client can choose to disrobe or not, to their individual comfort level. Always allow the client to choose position for the massage, whether that be sitting up or lying down and take time to work slowly, allowing for time to take breaks as the client may request. A gentle, supportive approach is best in creating a safe session for youth.
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