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Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
Vacuum Therapies for Breast Care and Surgical Applications
By Anita J. Shannon, LMBT
The last two years revealed some amazing experiences as we delved deeper into breast care and surgical applications using vacuum therapies. In 2015 I organized two practicum programs, where graduates came to work on clients who have had issues around breast health such as fibrocystic and dense breast tissue, and surgeries such as lumpectomies, mastectomies, breast augmentations and reductions.
Therapy goals are unique to each individual, and because results are apparent very soon into the series of treatments, it is exciting to participate in their progress and healing, as well as observe the impact on their lives.
A client who participated in our first breast health and surgical program came to us with great hesitation. I watched her arrive in the parking lot and turn her car off, then back on, three times. She finally came into the center and sat nervously in a chair. When it came time for us to interview her, she was very uncomfortable, yet was finally able to share her story.
Fifteen years ago, she went in for breast reduction surgery and came out with the equivalent of a double mastectomy. One of her breasts became infected and for eight months she had to change and pack in new dressings daily. She described how she needed to mentally and emotionally separate herself from the procedure and not look in the mirror as she did the work. The pain, restriction and emotional scars stayed with her, affecting her work as a seamstress and her family relationships. She had some follow up surgery and physical therapy, but never quite felt like herself again.
We approached her very gently in her first session, starting her on her side, then prone to introduce the therapy and address the impact of her condition on her back. When she turned over, we did light lymphatic drainage and then worked over the surgical sites using the large cone-shaped cups and a gentle pumping mode on the machine. She became more animated as the treatment continued, and even smiled a few times.
On her second day with us, we again addressed her back and neck, and then began to work on the scar tissue at the surgical sites, using small cups to pinpoint our work. We always make sure the treatments are comfortable for the client, and she reported that she was enjoying the work and that she could now sense our touch in areas where she could not feel anything before. Her conversation became very lively and she stayed for a while after her treatment, talking with other clients.
On her third day, she came in with a big smile and showed us a remarkable increase in range of movement. Her daughter had come with her and looked at us in amazement. As her mother went in to get ready for her session, her daughter explained that she had to come and check on what we were doing. She had seen such an element of joy coming back to her mother and explained how hard it had been to watch the surgical experience 15 years ago change her. She came into the treatment room and watched our work, staring at her mother as she laughed and joked with us.
The incredible impact that a few gentle 45 minute treatments can have on so many levels is rewarding. The emotional release can be intense, and we were fortunate to have a psychologist at the practicum session as a client. She was able to become a great resource after the session for those who needed any assistance with the impact of the treatments.
In medical massage applications, it is important to be aware of the multi-dimensional effects of our work. For many women who have had breast health issues and/or procedures done on the breasts, the aftermath and recuperation have left an indelible impression on their lives. Be it pain, restriction or disfigurement, it can be gently treated for the fullest recovery and healing, even after many years.
These conditions respond very well to many forms of bodywork and a synergistic approach that integrates vacuum therapies produces optimal results. Successful massage practitioners bring all their other knowledge and skills together to create the ultimate treatments for common conditions such as breast health issues and surgical applications.
Anita Shannon is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Cosmetologist since the 1980's, specializing in skin care, body treatments, clinical aromatherapy and various modalities of massage therapy. She is a national educator since 1990, and the Director of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE), an NCBTMB CE provider established in 2001.
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