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Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Restore and Prevent Tender Feet
By Linda LePelley, RN, NMT
Massage therapists see many clients with a variety of foot problems such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, neuromas, etc. Usually, they have already been to their physician, followed by a podiatrist. When (if the exercises, shots, braces and inserts have failed to relieve their pain) they come to see me about one or more of these conditions, they are usually at their desperate wits end to find relief. But this article isn't about those types of foot problems and pain.
Over the years, I have come to notice a pattern of certain clients who suffer from mild pain and tenderness on the bottoms of their feet, yet they rarely mention it of their own accord. For example, a 68-year-old client had been coming regularly for carpal tunnel treatment and pain surrounding a knee replacement. He made the statement, "Now that my hand and knee are good, the only thing I even notice are my tender feet, and I can sure live with those!" When I asked him why he would want to live with it, he said he had been putting up with it for decades. He said that it was just old age and nothing could be done about it.
A 65-year-old woman mentioned that it was getting harder to find shoes soft enough to walk in. When I questioned her about it, I found that she couldn't walk bare foot in her own house because if she stepped on the edge of a carpet or threshold, it felt bad. She said it had gotten to where standing on the tiles in her shower was uncomfortable. I asked why she hadn't mentioned it before and she told me that, "Nothing can be done about it, my mother had it too, so it's hereditary. It's not bad enough to go to the doctor. Besides, no one can do anything about boney feet, and mine just keep getting bonier, like my mother's."
Perhaps it is because I specialize in pain relief massage, that these and other clients of mine may believe that the tenderness in their feet is not serious enough to complain about. They have told me that what they are experiencing is not bad enough to call it "pain," nor is it as bad as the severe pain they have known others to be in, that it is just a nuisance, that it is just old age, and that everyone should expect to have discomfort such as this.
In my twenty years of experience as a massage therapist and nurse, I've found many people believe that chronic, low grade discomfort is a natural phenomenon which they expect and accept; allowing it to become a part of their everyday lives, making good days a little bleaker, and difficult ones a little bit harder to bear. Many of the serious pain issues I deal with started out as small nuisance irritations which, having been ignored for many years, end up being the source of chronic pain.
Tender Foot Restoration
While this is not intended for advanced foot conditions such as those listed above, which can take three or more visits to achieve desired results, this treatment will not injure or aggravate any of them, and might provide them some relief as well. Start with a warm foot bath if available, otherwise wrap feet in warm towels. Ensure that your work area is warm and free of drafts, as working over a warm heating pad is ideal.
Massage the bottoms of the feet and toes, having your client indicate the places that are most sensitive. You will note that these areas may feel like they are quite boney. Keep in mind that even if some of these tissues have atrophied, they are still alive and can be plumped and restored to normal. You can do that by massaging them until the circulation has softened those hardened areas. Follow the principles of Tissue Density Restoration (TDR) massage ("The Seven Principles of TDR Massage," Massage Today, July, 2015).
It is important that you spend at least 45 minutes on each foot, keep them warm, and do not elicit pain greater than a 2 or 3 on the 1/10 pain scale. You will know you are doing it right as you feel hardened areas soften, smooth out, and become pliable. At the same time, your client will be stating that they never thought their foot could feel so much better. You may be tempted to spend less time on each foot once the client states that it no longer hurts when pressed into, but the best, longest lasting results come from rubbing out every tender spot, and taking the time to do it thoroughly. As the tissues on the bottom of the foot respond and the tenderness eases, manipulate the entire foot and ankle, gently, to encourage and improve circulation to the foot, while continuing to work the affected tissues, until they are uniformly softer and without pain.
Both of my clients whose discomfort I described above, and many others with similar conditions, have experienced complete relief of their tender foot discomfort. For my clients who can reach their feet easily, I encourage them to give them a good massage during a bath, or when applying lotion, at least once a month to maintain the cushioning properties. Otherwise, they should schedule a bi-monthly maintenance foot massage.
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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