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Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Correcting Dysfunctional Movement Patterns – Is Local Treatment Enough?
It is widely believed that mechanical, non-traumatic back pain is largely related to dysfunctional or compensatory movement patterns the body has adopted over time.
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
News in Brief
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Enrolls Second Group Member; Focus on Chiropractic Education at WFC-ACC Conference in Miami; Are You Ready for Another "Have-a-Heart" Campaign?
Connecting and Expressing a Language of the Human Heart
There is growing awareness of the value of massage for people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Anyone caring for someone with dementia is faced with the challenge of guiding the person who is confused or agitated, while at the same time assisting with personal care, mobility and other functional tasks.
Touch has the power to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. A hand massage elicits positive, life-affirming feelings and responses. Hands reflect the landscape of a person's life and when you touch someone's hands with compassion and sensitivity, you acknowledge their whole life experience. For caregivers, touch becomes a language of the human heart.
Evidence suggests that hand massage can go a long way in helping people with dementia feel calmer and more connected with others and their immediate environment. Suzuki (2010) explored the effects of hand massage on physical and mental function and behavioral and psychological symptoms among elderly patients with dementia. The group received a consistent hand massage protocol a total of 30 times each for 20 to 30 minutes between 4p.m. and 5p.m. Both aggressive behaviors and stress levels decreased significantly.
The only essential supply is massage lotion. A standard -size pillow and hand towel is also used in this protocol. While a pillow adds comfort, it isn't absolutely necessary in order to provide a soothing hand massage.
Center yourself and take a cleansing breath to focus your attention and intention. Take a moment to establish trust with the elder and gain permission to provide the massage. Sit facing the person, to the side. Be sure that you can reach the shoulder area without strain. A simple way to add comfort is to place one end of the pillow under the person's arm which provides support for the massage and creates a connection between the two of you. Cover the pillow with a hand towel to keep the pillowcase clean.
Begin with focused touch; simply hold the person's hand. Place your attention on their hand and think about all the ways their hands have served their life. Notice the lines, the elegance, the strength or the fragility, whatever is there. Linger here a moment, simply enjoying the connection.
Apply massage lotion to the hand. If the person has on long sleeves, push the sleeve up a little to expose the forearm.
Open the palm. Access the palm by reaching around the hand from above to gently squeeze and spread the palm. This softens and warms the hand, preparing it for the finer strokes that follow. Turn the hand onto its side with palm facing center. Using the palm of your own hand, apply broad circles into the palm, using your other hand as support.
Turn the hand palm up. Provide thumb circles on the palm, covering the entire surface inch by inch, with a slow, rhythmic motion. You may be able to apply a little more pressure to the fleshy areas of the palm base of thumb and outer edges.
Grasp each finger near its base between your thumb and index finger and spiral them around, moving from the base to the tip. The flowing stroke provides a soothing touch to the entire arm as a way to close the hand massage. Place both your hands on the shoulder and gently glide your hands down the arm and off the tips of the fingers. Repeat by starting again at the shoulder. The stroke is only moving down the arm. This touch is with full-contact, fingers relaxed as you flow your hands along the arm.
Repeat sequence on the other hand and arm.
A Case Study
Mary was an 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease. She experienced anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. She required a wheelchair because she no longer was able to safely ambulate and had fallen several times. She had difficulty communicating which frustrated her. She sometimes yelled out and banged on her wheelchair. She attended group activities, but the yelling and banging was upsetting to the others and she often was removed from the group. She spent much of her time alone in her room.
I saw Mary for sessions twice a week. Sessions took place in her room while she was sitting in her wheelchair. Each session lasted 20 to 30 minutes and typically took place in the morning before lunch. Mary was receptive to having her hands massaged and she seemed to enjoy the attention of a visitor. I used a hand and arm massage protocol similar to the one described above.
After three weeks, the Activity Director told me that Mary was able to remain in more group activities without disruptive yelling or banging behavior. This resulted in more opportunities for social interaction for Mary. After six weeks, I demonstrated a simple hand massage technique that the staff could use in addition to our continued sessions. The nurse reported that Mary was less restless and that she slept better at night. The overall impact of our sessions was an increase in the quality of life for Mary and decreased stress for the staff.
Compassionate, skilled touch has specific therapeutic applications in dementia care. Human touch eases distress while fostering positive relationships. In his book, Dementia Beyond Drugs, Dr. Allen Power agrees: "Modalities like massage ... can provide a balm for anyone who is in need of more human connection." I will confess that I have occasionally ordered moisturizing creams twice as often as needed for people with dementia who are disengaged merely to increase the frequency of hands-on contact.