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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?
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
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.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
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.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
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.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
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.
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.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Olympic Bobsledder's Massage
For those of you who watched the Olympic Bobsled events during the Winter Games, you saw the fastest track in the world. It made for incredibly exciting competition. I had lots of interest in the events because one of my clients was there and competed, a 28-year-old former Cornell University football player named Jamie Moriarty. Jamie just happens to live in Winnetka, Illinois, very close to my clinic in the same town.
Bobsledders are chosen based on their speed and strength, necessary to push the sleigh at the beginning of the race. Over the rest of the course, the sleigh's speed depends on its weight. That's why really strong and fast football players make great bobsledders. Jamie is a tremendous athlete. His hard work and discipline earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team just a few weeks prior to the Games. No stranger to success, he has competed since 2006. He finished second in a World Cup four-man event at Lake Placid, New York in November 2009.
Because of the fact that competing at this level is so incredibly taxing, massage therapy is a welcomed part of their program. "Thankfully, our team had a massage therapist traveling with us. I always looked forward to my treatments and benefited from them immensely. I wish that we had massage therapy available to us when I was playing football at Cornell," said Moriarty, whose father and two of his uncles all played football in the NFL.
In working with Jamie, I spend a good amount of time on his arms and legs. Because there is so much emphasis on speed and strength, the athlete works their arms and legs incredibly hard in competition as well as in training. I use lots of direct pressure, deep stripping and cross-fiber friction. I like to take at least 90 minutes to work with Jamie; it's hard to make a therapeutic change without a significant treatment time period. It's always great for me to see an athlete come in all locked up and leave feeling completely freed up and restored.
I'm thankful for the Olympics because it is one of the ways competitive athletes were exposed to therapeutic massage. I found my way in through professional soccer, the other main entry point. Amazingly, the United States is still very far behind the rest of the world in the use of massage in treating athletes. I believe it is in part due to the fact that athletic trainers and physical therapists have relied a great deal on high-tech treatment machines like ultrasound and electric muscle stimulators. I believe that these machines have some therapeutic value. However, they don't replace the powerful hands-on treatment of skilled therapeutic massage. Ironically, third world countries couldn't afford these machines, so they relied on the team of massage therapists to provide their soft-tissue treatment. Consequently, I believe they have been better off because of it.
Massage therapy for competitive athletes continues to grow in this country. There were only a handful of us 30 years ago. There should be more and more opportunities for massage therapists to work in sports. If you are interested, try and get advanced training in good solid muscle therapy treatment training. Learn to treat tissue skillfully and therapeutically, and you will be very valuable!