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Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
The Power of Inhalation: Diffusing Essential Oils
When using essential oils as part of a massage practice, most of the focus goes on properties that can help relieve muscles and joints when applied topically. But the power of inhalation itself is sometimes overlooked, as are other therapeutic uses for essential oils that rely on this method alone.
These methods are useful in certain circumstances, such as:
While the efficacy and route of absorption of essential oils through the skin is a topic filled with speculation, there is no doubt about the instantaneous and powerful affect of inhaling aromatic molecules. When essential oils are exposed to air, they quickly transform from the liquid to gaseous state which makes it possible for them to enter the nasal cavity. From here, they can bind to olfactory cilia and develop into an electrical charge which is carried on the olfactory nerve into the brain, stimulating our aroma recognition as it reaches the olfactory bulb and continuing on to the hypothalamus where it influences the lower autonomic and endocrine systems and the hippocampus, where it stimulates or creates memories. It can also remain a gas, entering the respiratory system where it is absorbed into the bloodstream via the nasal mucosa or the alveoli in the lungs.
Diffusion is the method of releasing essential oils into the air. There are many ways to do this, including sprays and placing drops on cotton, but the newer forms of electric ultrasonic diffusers that produce a cool mist are currently the preferred method of delivery. There is no chemistry changing heat involved, the molecules created are smaller and disperse rapidly, and this can also be one of the least obvious and most cost efficient ways to incorporate one or a blend of essential oils into the client session. Some have optional light features that can be used to impart a color glow to the area if desired. These diffusers use very few drops of essences to produce an affect and can be timed to one hour or increased to cover more than one session. They are also very easy to clean, usually requiring only a wipe with a paper towel. And they are often filled with regular tap water.
Working specific to the individual, it is also good to have an ionizing air purifier in the room. Run this after the session to clear the build up of aromatic molecules between clients. That is also advisable after any other form of aromatherapy session. It considers the next client, but it also counteracts buildup for the therapist. Smaller sizes to cover the area of a massage room are often easily affordable.
I've included some recipe ideas for diffusion during a massage session.
Relaxation and anxiety relief without sedation:
Relaxation and pain relief:
Revitalizing and uplifting:
And during cold and flu season, to protect the client and the therapist:
If clients respond well to the diffused blend, consider carrying small diffusers and premade blends for a potential retail opportunity.