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Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
What Do Your Clients Teach You?
Each person we touch becomes a teacher. If we listen with our ears, eyes and heart, they teach us how to best serve their needs and, in turn, our own. In my work with seniors, I've had many such teachers and one in particular stands out.
I met Ruth fifteen years ago when I was working at a retirement community where I developed a wellness program. Ruth attended a presentation I gave about the benefits of massage for older adults. She won the door prize for a thirty minute massage and immediately scheduled a session. That was the start of a rewarding four-year relationship as Ruth received monthly massages. She also occasionally was a speaker at my workshops, giving others a chance to learn from her experience. I came upon her handwritten outline for one of these talks she called The Human Touch. I share it with you, along with my own insights.
THE HUMAN TOUCH
T. Truthfulness produces trust in each other. Trust develops in the therapeutic relationship with respect, mutual understanding and empowerment of your client to be a partner in their healing and well-being.
H. Help each other feel comfortable during the massage. We do this in several ways. The ambiance of our clinic or studio; the quality of interaction before, during and after the massage, and adapting positioning on the massage table to meet our needs all help create comfort.
E. Equipment can be simple. Many seniors don't tolerate a massage table or chair because of pain or mobility issues. Equipment may consist simply of pillows, towels and a footstool.
H. Human touch is so important. In the United States, nearly half of people 75 and older live alone. Isolation, loneliness and lack of human touch are a reality for many. Ruth often told me that even though she enjoyed the physical benefits of massage that just being touched was what she looked forward to the most.
U. Understand each other. Learn the art of authentic listening. It is listening with presence that goes beyond what your ears hear and what you say in response. It is listening with your heart. It is responding from your authentic self. It is listening for the essence of the interaction and connecting heart to heart.
M. Meaning of the worth of a massage on the mind. Massage is well-known for its positive effect on mood. A compassionate human touch reminds us of our worth, fosters self-care and restores a sense of well-being.
A. Answer the client's questions with assurance. Confidently serving seniors requires specialized knowledge and skills. We must be informed about conditions associated with aging and how to safely work with each individual within our scope of practice.
N. Need for communication. Be frank with each other. Sometimes a client requests a particular modality when, in fact, it isn't in their best interest to honor the request. We need to be comfortable saying no to such requests with a clear explanation our client can understand, then work together to come up with an alternative.
T. Too long of a massage is detrimental to a person with a sensitive body. The "sensitive body" Ruth refers to, comes from her history with severe allergies and chronic pain from spinal deterioration. It's my experience that many seniors tolerate thirty minute sessions well while enjoying the benefits.
O. Be observant of the person's reaction to each massage. Expect changes in the condition of older client's over time and be ready to adjust your approach. Don't get lulled into routine.
U. Use time wisely for the best results. Take more time for the most needed part of the body. Focus the massage to address the client's specific goal. Seniors seek out our services with a particular need in mind, quite often for pain related issues. Taking a targeted approach will result in a more satisfied client.
C. A regular chair works best for my massages. Be prepared with several alternatives to a table massage. Sessions with Ruth took place in her apartment and I positioned her comfortably sitting at her dining room table supported with pillows and sitting on her sofa with her legs and feet elevated on her footstool.
H. Healing of the body. Ruth wrote an account of the physical benefit of her massage. "My neck, back, hands, legs and feet are massaged. I'm so relaxed afterward, I feel like I'm walking in heaven. It helps my entire body. I'm now free from pain in my neck and shoulders. My family and friends see how much straighter my back is."
More Lessons from Ruth
"Besides massage, in order for me to have a well-balanced life, I east plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, walk each day, keep my mind alert by working puzzle, reading, writing letters, playing games, having a good attitude toward life and exchanging fears or worries with loving and helping others. Daily prayer is the most important for me." Not bad advice! Perhaps our elders really are meant for wise counsel.