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Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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Massage Envy Dallas/Fort Worth Offers Tips on Relieving Stress
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX -- May 19, 2011 / Stress management is essential for anyone striving to achieve a healthy lifestyle. While stress may be an accepted part of normal life, unmanaged stress can lead to health problems. Stress can weaken the immune system, cause tension headaches and increase the risk of heart disease, among othe r things. Stress awareness is vital to healthy living and Massage Envy Dallas/Fort Worth is here to offer some helpful tips on how to take time out from a hectic life to refresh body and mind and keep stress in check.
It is possible to reduce stress and learn to relax by using the five senses. Many holistic health practitioners agree that what people smell, taste, touch, hear and see can influence how they feel -- and maybe even bring them serenity. Try listening to soothing music during a massage or lighting a candle and taking a bath.
Another good way to reduce stress is to participate in an enjoyable, relaxing activity such as drawing, painting or dancing. Whether you want to draw in a sketchbook or just doodle in the margins of a newspaper, let the mind go and the imagination take over. Take a dance class in a local studio or crank up the music in your house and just dance. Studies have also suggested that viewing art, as well as creating it, can reduce stress and anxiety. Enjoy the works of art by others by visiting a museum exhibit, or just take some time to appreciate the earth's natural beauty.
For thousands of years, people have been meditating as a way to improve well-being. The simplest form is called concentrative meditation, which centers on slow, rhythmic breathing while the mind is cleared of all thoughts. Mindfulness meditation, on the other hand, involves focusing the mind on the thoughts and actions one is experiencing. Just be in the moment.
Don't worry; getting started with meditation is very simple. Just choose a quiet spot, pick a comfortable posture, focus on breathing or the repetition of a word or phrase, and be positive.
Last but not least, massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective methods for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy boosts the body's immune system, helps lower blood pressure and heart rate and relaxes muscles.
All types of massages help decrease stress, but the Swedish massage, reflexology and hot stone therapy are particularly good stress busters. The Swedish massage relaxes the whole body by rubbing the muscles with long, gliding strokes in the direction of the blood returning to the heart. This technique increases the level of oxygen in the blood, decreases muscle toxins and improves circulation and flexibility while easing tension in the body and decreasing one's overall stress. Reflexology massage focuses solely on the hands and feet; specific points on the extremities are targeted to send signals to the brain and balance the nervous system. Endorphins are released throughout the body, which reduces stress and returns the body to equilibrium. Hot stone therapy melts away tension and stress by placing smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Hot stone therapy is becoming very popular, because it provides deeper muscle and tissue relaxation, which releases more toxins and improves circulation.
With the fast pace of today's world and the hectic schedules people are forced to keep, everyone can benefit from these simple and easy stress-management techniques and tools. Visit one of the 27 Dallas/Fort Worth Massage Envy locations to learn more about how massage therapy helps people relax and de-stress.
At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.
Massage Envy in Texas and throughout the country has helped popularize massage. Americans visit massage therapists approximately 140 million times a year. The percentage of Americans using massage therapists has more than doubled since 1997.
Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy center. All centers are open seven days a week.
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