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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
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!
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Learning a Hands-Free Solution to Fix SI Dysfunction
We are a society of therapists geared to touch, feel and fix through fascia and muscles. We help facilitate better joint function by working our fingers to the bones. Have you ever worked and worked and the client still walked away in lumbar pain. If so, this article really is for you. I am going to share with you how to relieve SI dysfunction, provide better stabilization and not have to massage, knead or stretch tissue. Interested? But, don't hang up your hands just yet. You are still going to need them, just not in the usual sense with this principle of healing.
You know when you see a demonstration and it makes you scratch your head and wonder exactly how did that work? Well, that is how this article came into being. I was attending a fitness convention with a friend and in the list of workshops to choose from was a class titled, "Fixing SI Dysfunction." Of course, I was thinking what kind of fitness is going to fix an SI dysfunction? The gentleman teaching the class was a chiropractic physician. He asked for someone in the audience that had chronic lumbar pain to come forward and he would show how easy it is to help an SI dysfunction. My friend's son Robert, a trainer and ex-baseball player, fit the bill for the demonstration. The chiropractor assessed the SI and showed how Robert's SI joint was not stabilizing or closing in a one legged stance. The joint was functional in open chain but dysfunctional in closed chain.
His demonstration included showing us a bilateral comparison. It was obvious the side of dysfunction and it correlated with Robert's chronic pain side. Here is where the no hands approach comes in. He used breath work, visualization and isometrics to fix the dysfunction, not any form of hands on manipulation. When Robert stood up, a reassessment of the opening and closing of the SI joint was done and the SI joint was now functioning properly. Later that night and the next day, we asked Robert how he felt and he said there was no return of pain. I was sold and I needed to know how what appeared to be such a simple thing fixed a long standing chronic problem. So, I asked some questions, bought his book and found the importance of using principles and not methods.
Do you know the difference between a method and a principle? A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior. There are hundreds of healing methods. In fact, when I researched it on many websites, there are sometimes 10 or more methods for every letter in the alphabet. Each healing practice is trying to create the same effect of better postural control, joint alignment, balance of the mind-body-spirit connection and relief of pain symptoms. What does acupuncture, ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, vitaflex, alexander technique, and bowen technique have in common? Well, they are all healing methods based on similar principles. Cross over into the exercise field and you see the very same thing with Cross Fit, kettle bells, the barre method, yoga and pilates again all based on similar principles. In both fields, we are going to see more and more different methods spring up so be aware. The new ones tend to replace the old ones with each trying to get the individual to their goals of better health and healing. Everyone is looking for the one method that has all the answers instead of relying on the principle foundation these methods are born from. In fact, you're awareness of the basic principles will make any method you already have in your tool box better. Having a deeper understanding of the principles of human movement and rehabilitation will keep you alive and well in this ever changing healthcare stream.
The first principle to consider is the use of deep diaphragmatic breathing with the activation of the pelvic floor muscles to help reset the core musculature. In the absence of ideal respiratory patterns, the motor system will be forced to choose between respiration and stabilization, with preferential selection of the former (Hodges et al 2004). The diaphragm has an important role in stabilizing the core. It forms the top of the core canister with the internal and external obliques, quadratus lumborum, pelvic floor and transverse abdominus.
Proper breathing is a way of interrupting the "Fight or Flight" response or the overuse of the sympathic nervous system. When clients are over stimulated they recruit muscles in dysfunctional patterns. This can happen from sitting too long, an accident or injury, or a disease process. The loss of breathing from the belly and starting to breathe from the chest creates a core dysfunction and the wrong order of recruitment.
Do the following exercise: Sit in a chair. Draw in your navel, now draw your shoulder blades back, now squeeze your glutes, hold your arms out at a 90 degree angle and start to type. How long would you last? A principle of recruiting the wrong muscles for the job is what you are learning here. This activity of sitting and typing should have been done by a low level activation of inner core muscles. By the habitual use of the body in this way day after day, sitting and not breathing properly, the deep core musculature gets replaced by muscles that are designed to move the spine not stabilize the spine.
The connection of how breath work effects SI function lies in understanding the Deep Facial Line. The DFL is the connection of psoas and the diaphragm just behind the kidneys, adrenal glands and the solar plexus, and just in front of the major spinal joint of the thoracolumbar junction. Also, connecting with the intervertebral discs of levels L1-L5, to attach to the lesser trochanter of the femur as well as blend into the pelvic floor. The junction of T12-L1 is a critical point of both stability and function in the human body. "The myofascial of the DFL is infused with more slow-twitch, endurance muscle fibers, reflecting the role the DFL plays in providing stability and subtle positioning changes to the core structure to enable the more superficial structures and lines to work easily and efficiently with the skeleton." (Tomas W. Myers, Anatomy Trains second edition.) The thoracopelvic canister joins the trunk with the bottom of the body and it functions to join breathing to walking.
The second principle to understand is the use of visualization. In the early 1900's, Mabel Todd developed an approach that is called "ideokinesis." Ideokinesis uses imagery and conscious thought patterns as ways to improve posture and habitual movement patterns. This concept was adopted and is still used within Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and many forms of athletics. And as a side bar, I use it with my stroke and Parkinson's patients.
Treatment plan for a SI dysfunction:
I have used these principles for more than just SI dysfunction. It will help with many forms of chronic pain. One of my students related they had used these principles for a very acute back spasm and the patient called the next day with amazement and relief of pain.
I want to leave you with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that really made me think about the importance of the use of principles going forward as a massage and movement specialist: "As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble."