It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
More Access to Chiropractic Instead of Opioids: H.R. 5722
With the opioid epidemic both an ongoing public health crisis and a hot topic extending well beyond the health care industry, Congress continues stepping up to the plate.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
The Orange Tree, a Family of Essential Oils
Do you love the smell when peeling an orange? How about the scent of the wind blowing from a grove of blooming orange trees? Not only does aromatherapy provide us with Orange oils from these wonderful plants, but we also get an oil called Petitgrain. Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves of the orange tree.
Being a native Floridian, the orange tree has special significance to me. As an aromatherapist, it is an exciting plant to work with because we get three different essential oils from the same tree. Well, almost the same tree.
A Lesson in Botanical Names
Only those with an eye for detail (and some knowledge of essential oils) would catch that two of the three oils mentioned above come from the bitter orange tree, while the other is typically extracted from the sweet orange tree. Why is this important? It highlights a lesson that even the greenest essential oil enthusiasts should learn.
The only way to identify a plant in writing is by its botanical name, but most people know plants mainly by their common names. Think of the common name (like Orange, Lavender, Eucalyptus, etc.) as the nickname of the plant. Plants' botanical or Latin names more specifically express their species and the larger genus they belong to, like our first and last names do for us.
For example, both Lavender and Eucalyptus are common oils, but both of them can be obtained from several different species. These species may include different properties, depending on which one is used, so common names do not always ensure what species is used. Eucalyptus is one of the most diverse essential oils.
In terms of the orange oils, they all come from plants identified as "orange" trees, but one is the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium) and the other is the sweet orange tree (Citrus sinensis). Though these trees produce different essential oils from different parts of the plant, we will discuss them here together.
Meet the Oils in the Orange Family
Sweet Orange oil is most commonly obtained from the cold-expression of the peel of the fruit. Generally, it is an uplifting scent and carries with it the positive associations of summer. Therapeutically, it can be good for killing germs, use in respiratory blends, enhancing mood, as an additive in sleep/relaxing blends, and it is generally good for use in the air.
The scent of Petitgrain is a good bridge between the fruit and flower oils of the orange tree. It has a floral note that is reminiscent of Neroli, but it still smells fresh, green, and slightly fruity like Sweet Orange oil. It is relatively inexpensive and is great for calming both the mind and the muscles. Read about using Petitgrain as an alternative to Lavender in your massage sessions in a previous article (November 2016) of mine.
Neroli is the essential oil obtained through the steam-distillation of orange flowers. Though we could distill sweet orange flowers, bitter orange flowers are typically used. Why? Because if we use the sweet orange flowers, we can't harvest the fruit. So using the bitter orange blossoms makes the most sense. (They are still quite sweet!) Neroli is one of the most precious floral oils. It has been known to help anxiety and in calming the mind. Considering its high price, use it sparingly. Even just a drop on a tissue can help calm the rest of a client's day—and have them thinking of you after your session.
In Your Practice
Each of these oils can help to enhance your massage practice. If you are a fan of this fruit and its flowers, try some of these ideas:
There are endless possibilities when it comes to using essential oils in your practice. Always make sure you are properly diluting your essential oils to avoid injury (and save you money). Check with clients about sensitivities or allergies before placing essential oils on their skin.