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How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Employing the Whole Person Approach to Massage
I was reminded again of the need to address aspects of a condition that might not be immediately apparent when one of my aromatherapy students called me for advice about which essential oils to use for her teenage son. He had been in a serious, head-on car collision and had not been sent to the hospital by responding officers. They had apparently thought the behavior caused by his concussion might instead be drug or alcohol related (they weren't). When a mother's instinct led my student to take her son to the ER, doctors found there was serious trauma to the head, neck, shoulders and upper spine. They also said his concussion required 24 hour observation. Now, he was coming home and she worried that she might not be able to help him relieve his symptoms by only using lavender oil. Her immediate thought was about the pain and his difficulty sleeping.
As she spoke, I realized she was also angry and in shock, just like her son was likely to be. After all, going home to sleep instead of getting to the hospital could have led to serious repercussions to his health. I was not being called upon for massage services, but at some point this boy would certainly be in the capable hands of a massage therapist to help address the muscular-skeletal situation. And if the massage therapist wanted to get powerful results, they would want to consider this whole situation, just as I did now. Doing this meant that, along with choosing sedative and anti-inflammatory essential oils, I would include those essences that would address emotional shock, tension, and anger. In order to do this, knowledge of what is called the "subtle" properties of essential oils is necessary.
Shock, as an acute stress reaction, is a psychological condition. It happens in response to intensely traumatic events and affects the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. At first, the person may appear to be in a daze or unresponsive to the reality of the situation. That state will move toward the observable physiological symptoms, including agitation, hyperactivity, anxiety, impaired judgement, confusion, detachment, and depression. Tachycardia, sweating and pallor may also be present. While some of the more obvious signs of shock can disappear within several days, we now know that post traumatic shock syndrome (PTSD) can last a lifetime, taking the form of "panic attacks" or more severe depression, and even violent behavior, to self or others.
Addressing shock as soon as possible seems advisable. I suggested that to a pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and sleep promoting blend of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), and Roman chamomile (Anthemus nobilis), my student should add neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara), and/or ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) to counteract shock, and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) to create a feeling of grounded stability in the body. To augment the grounding properties and specifically address anger, myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) could be included. If myrrh or patchouli were not available, atlas cedarwood, (Cedrus atlantica) could substitute. It brings strength and confidence during stressful times, and the Roman chamomile would work on the anger aspect. If cost is an issue, ylang ylang is a less expensive flower essence than neroli. However, neroli also brings spiritual connection and only a drop is needed to bestow the subtle effect. This blend would be used in diffusion, so it would help both mother and son. Any of the ingredients could be added later to carrier oil for massage. As time goes on, this blend should be adjusted when different emotions or physical needs appear.
Adding the subtle properties of an essential oil to the consideration of a blend is a way to treat the whole person. Doing so augments the desired outcome for all clients, not just those suffering from traumatic events. Because it can take time to learn these aspects of essential oils, I recommend several books for reference to have in the library. (The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, by Salvatore Battaglia includes subtle effects in the descriptions of oils. Another good resource for subtle properties is Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay.) Eventually, after using them for this purpose, the subtle properties will spring to mind automatically.
Author's Note: Farewell to Readers
With an article on my favorite aspect of aromatherapy – the way it is used to benefit the whole person, body, mind and spirit – I am taking my leave as a columnist Massage Today. For fourteen years, I've been privileged to write these articles. I am grateful that I have been able to provide the knowledge and experience of an independent, professional aromatherapist and convey the resources I have come to know and trust. In an age of increasing Internet publications that often fall, sometimes dangerously short of reality and safe practice, this is even more important. Over the years, I have offered the best of my own experience and information, and enjoyed a wonderful relationship with both readers and my excellent editors, past and present. But now, it is time to pass the baton on to a younger generation to receive their insights and wisdom.