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Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
Gentle and Effective Touch for Frail Elders
While many massage techniques have been found to alleviate pain, foot and leg massage may be especially effective for elders who may not tolerate other forms of massage. Foot massage is non-invasive and considered "boundary-safe," meaning that it respects the personal space and dignity of the elder who may not have experience with receiving massage. It has been my experience that most elders are comfortable with having their feet rubbed. Except for shoes and socks, no other clothing need be removed in order to provide the nurturing effect of skin-on-skin contact.
Massaging the feet is also a powerful gesture of service. There are subtle associations of truly serving the elder when sitting or standing at the feet to provide caring and compassionate touch. The interpersonal dynamic shifts from a caregiver doing a task to serving the person. It conveys honor and respect.
Foot and leg massage contribute to both the alleviation of the physical sensation of pain and the individual's perception of the pain experience. The general benefits include:
Center yourself. If you are calm, the quality of your touch will be enhanced and you will enjoy the session more. Centering need not take but a few seconds. Take a deep breath and ground yourself before initiating the touch session.
Touch Quality and Intention
All forms of touch have quality and intention. The qualities are the physical attributes of your touch. For example, your touch may be warm or cold; firm or light; fast or slow; rhythmic or sporadic. The intention is what you communicate or convey through your touch, such as touch used to communicate caring; to guide someone; to greet a friend.
In the foot and leg massage instruction that follows, the qualities of the touch are:
The intention is to offer non-invasive alleviation of pain and discomfort and provide supportive one-to-one focused attention.
The following protocol represents an effective 10 minute session — five minutes for each foot and leg for an elder who is sitting in a recliner with the footrest elevated. The length of time or number of repetitions that you apply any stroke is determined by the individual tolerance and response of the elder receiving the massage.
First, position the elder to provide support and comfort for the massage. Place a pillow under each arm to support the upper body. Place a towel under the feet to protect recliner upholstery.
Second, begin the massage with focused touch. Focused touch is touch that is given mindfully and with awareness of your intention of why you are providing the massage. It's a time to center yourself; to calm your mind and to focus your attention on the individual you are touching.
The third step is to establish a flowing stroke. Using pressure similar to that used to apply lotion, flow your hands from the knee down the leg, encompassing the entire foot. Repeat two to three times.
Make sure you apply lotion to the leg and make full contact kneading on the leg (modified petrissage). This stroke is using small circular motions with the flat surface of your hand — the palm and the flat surface of your fingers. Using the flat surfaces distributes the pressure, increasing the safety and comfort of massaging the frail body or thin skin. Start distally and work up to the knee. To transition back down you can use a flowing stroke. Massage the foot using full contact kneading with your palms. You may use the full surface of your thumbs in a circular motion on both the bottom and top aspects of the foot. Apply these circular strokes to the entire surface of the foot—heel, arch area and ball of the foot, as well as the top aspect from the toes to the ankle. Gently knead each of the toes if there are no contraindications such as fungal infection.
Then, repeat entire sequence on other leg and foot. After massaging both legs and feet, end the session with a bilateral flowing stroke to bring balance to the two sides of the body. When closing the session, return to the starting point of focused touch so that you end the massage mindfully as when you began.
Precautions and site restrictions for foot and leg massage:
When one or more site restrictions exist, one of the following options can still provide safe benefits through touch. Massage around the affected site. Massage a different part of the body not affected by the condition.
Use only focused touch or holding. Through the power of touch, you become actively involved in a meaningful effort to increase the quality of life of those in your care. And since the gift of touch flows two ways you, too, can enjoy the mutual benefit of touch.