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What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Linda LePelley, RN, NMT.
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