Environmental Toxicity: Introducing the New Science of Immune-Chemical Tolerance: Your patients and clients will be exposed to toxins. Who will react, who won't, and why? – sponsored by Apex Energetics™ (Original Air Date: June 13, 2013)
By Kevin M. Wong, DC
It is an exciting world that awaits us when we go to work every day. We deal with all types of people who present with varying health conditions we can (hopefully) help alleviate. The challenges we face are made easier by the recognizable patterns many patients present with; conditions that most of us would classify as our...
More Q&A with Dr. Anthony Lisi, director of VA chiropractic services.
To what extent do you think the role of chiropractors in the VA can serve as a model for greater chiropractic integration elsewhere in the American health care system? That's a very important question. It would appear that it could serve as a very valuable model because of the size of the VA and the characteristics of VA's...
By Linsay Way, DC
While resting between exercises at the gym recently, a young lifter asked me for a spot on a set of barbell bench presses. The bar was loaded with a moderately heavy amount of weight that at first glance appeared to be too heavy for his frame. He began his set and immediately began bouncing the bar off his chest. As he...
By Scott Cuthbert, DC
The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve arises from the 2nd and 3rd lumbar nerves. It is formed in the psoas muscle and emerges from its lateral border to cross the iliacus muscle and exit the pelvis. The most common point for possible entrapment is as the nerve passes between the two slips of the inguinal ligament's lateral...
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Ask Yourself: Do You Really Need to Learn Another Modality?
Even though I earn a large part of my income from teaching classes and seminars as a CEU provider, I want to offer a word of caution first before you jump in to signing up to learn another technical modality or take another seminar.
Three Essential Herbal Products For Your First-Aid Kit
There are three Chinese patent medicines that belong in everyone's first aid kit. All three are for topical application, and all three provide extraordinary benefits unavailable from any domestic over-the-counter.
NCB Promotes New CEO
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork recently announced the promotion of Steve Kirin from Chief Operating Officer to CEO.
The Physiology of Anger
Most of us recognize and have felt anger at some point in our lives. Anger can be seen as a natural response to some kind of pain, whether emotional or physical.
Extraordinary Vessels and Emotional Healing
In addition to the 12 primary Organ-related meridians in the body, there are other energy circulation channels that have been mapped out by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Probably the most significant of these are called the Eight Extraordinary (or Extra) Vessels.
Aging Gracefully: The Timeless Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy as an industry has come a long way since I began my career in the 1980's. Instead of using just the traditional "Swedish" massage, most practitioners now need to learn special techniques to work with different populations such as athletes, infants, pregnant women and seniors.
Weaving Eastern & Western Medicine Together: Q&A with Beijing's Dr. Kezhen Zhang
Dr. Kezhen Zhang M.D., is currently the founder and president of Beijing Taijitang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.
Ethical Considerations for Pediatric Massage
The practice of massage therapy is generally regulated throughout the U.S. with many states having standard guidelines and a method of licensing/registering massage therapists and practitioners.
Study: Acupuncture for Acute Low Back Pain More Effective Than Drugs
New research by Korean doctors of Oriental Medicine suggested that an acupuncture method could reduce acute lower back pain faster and more effectively than conventional drug injections.
Allostatis: A New View of Stress and How it Affects the Body
Stress is often blamed for all biological mayhem. This is really an unfair characterization, as stress can elicit many positive health outcomes. Along these same lines, massage therapy is often touted as a great reliever of stress.
Beauty is Averageness
After seeing Kim Kardashian's face all over the Internet -and my inbox- following her posting on getting facial acupuncture, I recalled the work of Michael Cunningham who was at the University of Louisville when I was doing my doctoral work.
Obesity is a Shen Problem
The expressions "obese" and "obesity" are not pejorative terms. They are scientific terms, determined solely by the Body Mass Index scale, which combines a person's height and weight in a mathematical formula. A number of 30 and above denotes "obesity."
Using My Massage Therapy Skills to Help Save a Career
I always like to bring you a real case and a real story. I know you, too, will someday probably have that same type of client that needs your help with treatment. This time, I am helping an oral surgeon save his career by saving his hands.
The Difference Between You and an Expert
Imagine if you had an opportunity to sit in a room for four days with the most successful massage business owners who gave you all their secrets to their business: the steps to take; what tools they used and how they built their successful practices.
Grant Program Supports Massage Students
Biotone and Biofreeze recently announced the creation of the Helping Hands Gifts for Growth Grant Program to support the massage therapy students in their educational pursuits.
Keeping Up With Western Medicine Advancements: The Amazing World of Imaging Studies
When patients with neuromuscular problems come to you for treatment there is usually a lot you can do for them to improve their mobility or reduce their pain, whether it is a middle age woman with a frozen shoulder.
The ABC's of Meeting with Physicians, Part 2: The Meeting
You only need one minute to introduce yourself to a doctor and ask for patient referrals. You must function with confidence and surgical precision.
Massage Brings Relief to People Suffering from Headaches
With the common stressors in daily life, complaints of tension and migraine headaches are not uncommon.
Healing the Qi: The Boston Marathon Bombing
On Monday, April 15 2013, locals and visitors from around the globe gathered for the world's largest marathon in the city of Boston. With 23,000 participating in the race and many more on the sidelines, the marathon represents a Boston institution.
Freeing the Heart: The Importance of the Vagus Nerves/Cranial Nerve X
In my clinical work involving clients who typically present with chronic somatic problems, it is truly a joy when markers emerge that reflect, "the means by which" their healing experiences occurred.
Dry Needling is Acupuncture: But What of Education? What of Public Safety?
One of my patients told me recently, that their physical therapist used a "dry needle" and that it wasn't acupuncture. Apparently, physical therapists (PT) are taught to tell their patients that "only acupuncturists practice acupuncture."
It's Time to Start Bursting the Education Bubbles
Changes are upon the education community in the U.S.A. Massage education is no exception. In the mid-1980's, we had relatively few massage schools, best guesses are around 100 total.
The Monkey on Your Back
Many practitioners run their clinic without any extra help—at least initially. I've always been pretty good at multi-tasking. Having nine kids taught me how to wear multiple hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Running a clinic is similar.