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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
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.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
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.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
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.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
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.
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.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
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!
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.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Aromatic Abdominal Massage
In massage school, we learned the proper draping and general techniques for working the abdominal muscles, including the pattern and use of vibration to help the body's elimination process through the large intestine. The abdominal area is one that is often overlooked in a regular massage session, though special techniques might be employed when the abdominal muscles provide a source of relief for muscle and joint pain. However, there are other times when knowledge and application of abdominal massage techniques can truly boost health and quality of life for your client.
When a client or other individual reports having difficulty with proper elimination, adding certain essential oils to a massage blend specifically for that area can boost positive results. In our stressful world, problems with elimination can exist for many. It is often seen, and sometimes expected to occur, in adults as they age. A sluggish metabolism, lack of exercise and diet all play a part. On the more subtle emotional level, there have been losses and there is fear of more to come, causing an unconscious resistance to letting go. Not having healthy, regular eliminations can cause many other issues for the body, as well as the mind. The use of essential oils can allow you to address both the physical and emotional levels in relieving this problem.
Real World Example
I had a client who was in her late 70s and required weekly massage for general stiffness and circulation issues. One day, she revealed that she was seeing a doctor who had not helped her with a chronic problem. She was upset because she didn't know what to do about it now. Apparently, no matter what she tried, she had not had a bowel movement in more than four weeks. I told her that the next time I came to see her, I would be happy to give her an abdominal massage with specific essential oils for this problem. She had already experienced the relaxing and anxiety relieving effects of her regular aromatherapy massage, so she agreed to let me try.
I arrived the following week with a small bottle of a specific blend to relieve constipation that I chose from essential oils suggested in the Clinical Index of The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vol II, by Sylla Sheppard Hanger. From the list for Laxative properties, I selected sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulagre var. dulce), ginger (Zingiber officinale), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), rosemary verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis var. verbenone) and I added a drop of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis var. dulcis) for overall encouragement, digestive health and to create a more pleasing aroma.
In 1/4 oz of carrier oil, I added one drop of fennel, ginger and rosemary verbenone, and two drops each of sweet marjoram and sweet orange. I applied this blend using traditional massage techniques for the abdomen and the vibrational pattern for the large intestine. I gave the client the remaining blend to apply in the same circular motion over the next few days, if she felt the need.
When I returned, she reported the miracle. It wasn't long after I had left her home that she began releasing, and she had continued to do so daily. She appeared relieved both physically and emotionally by this change for the better and was going to start a program of water exercise. I asked if she had mentioned this to the Doctor. She had, and told me the usual response I would hear after a client had reported other amazing results using essential oils to their physician. He was impressed and encouraging, but not at all interested in studying aromatherapy.
It is important to remember that knowledge of the client and their physiological and psychological make-up at the time is the key to choosing the essences that will work best. The essences I chose have other effects on body, mind and spirit that were also helpful for this specific client. I strongly suggest that, instead of copying the blend I made to use whenever necessary, research a blend for this problem if it is presented, taking other effects of the essential oils listed into account for the specific person involved.
The blend I used might have great results, but there are other essences suggested in the Manual as well as in Chapter 31 in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia. This chapter focuses on the digestive system and gives other suggestions for essences not mentioned in my blend, such as carrot seed (Daucus carota), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and pine (Pinus silvestris). It also gives an overview of the issue of constipation and other suggestions for the problem that might be suggested to the client. The chapter on digestion will suggest aromatherapy techniques for all the other issues of this system, too.
As with all aspects of using essential oils for self or others, remember to follow proper dilution and safety procedures. Use of certain essential oils may not be appropriate for constipation that occurs during pregnancy or in children under the age of ten.