Alternative Health News
Appreciating the Importance of De Qi
The direct, word-by-word translation of de qi is: de – get, qi – energy; de qi – get the energy, or the qi / energy has arrived. This term describes a feeling felt after needle insertion.
Trust the Trends, Or Trust Your Instincts?
Being a massage therapist is all about balance. There's the balance between your customers' needs and wants, the balance between what's good for clients and what's good for business, and the balance between overseeing current business and forecasting for the future.
Helping Your Clients Turn Back the Clock With Nutrition
The anti-aging market is booming because, well, who doesn't want to look young, healthy and vibrant for as long as possible? And while there are many anti-aging products and systems marketed to the public, few people realize the most effective way to slow down the visible passage of time is to give the body the nutrients it needs to be truly healthy.
How the Human Body Responds to Stress
This new series of articles will suggest a different perspective for you to view clients presenting with stubbornly chronic somatic dysfunctions. It will also propose a novel answer to the question, "How does the human body respond to stress?"
Integrative Treatment Approaches for Chemo- and Radiation-Induced Xerostomia
Roughly 70 percent of patients receiving head and neck cancer radiotherapy develop xerostomia (dry mouth), with significant changes in volume, consistency and pH of secreted saliva.
Lasers in Practice: Photobiomodulation for Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a general term for a series of disorders that result from damage to the peripheral nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy can affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy) or single nerves (mononeuropathy).
Setting Goals and Building Teams
When we think about a team, we usually think about athletics. But in reality, a team is any group of people working together to achieve a common goal or project.
Learn to Speak the Language of Personal Injury
For many providers, personal-injury cases and working within the med-legal arena can often be a confusing and frustrating endeavor. After all, for the majority, personal injury is a niche.
COVID-19 Relief: Big Help for Small-Business Owners
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act gives small-business owners a number of important tools, perhaps the most important of which is low-interest, potentially forgivable loans to cover payroll and other practice costs including rent and utilities.
CranioSacral Therapy & The Rare Case of Vertigo
I had heard of folks getting dizzy and nauseous when experiencing vertigo, but I had never heard of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) until my husband Joe was diagnosed with it.
Alligator Skin (Part 2): A Second Look at Business Contracts
I joined as the only female partner in an integrated medicine practice, shared with three other disciplines. Having developed a few scales (the first stages of alligator skin) and some good business sense, I started out with a one-year contract.
What It's Like to Be a Hospital-Based Massage Therapist
It was the early 1990s the first time I ever saw a massage therapist in a health care setting in my home state of Minnesota. I was working at a nursing home at the time, and I learned of a resident who would receive weekly massages (which I thought was great).
Multiarticulate Muscles & Injury: Understanding the Mechanical Load
Muscles have a primary role in creating and limiting movement in the body. They are also the major focus of our work in massage therapy, with many injuries caused by improper loads on the muscular system.
A New Opportunity for Health and Wellness
It's been said there is opportunity in crisis. This has been proven true for those who look beyond their current circumstance into the heart of the issues at hand.
When the Pain Won't Go Away: Tips for Treating Difficult Pain Cases
This is a great question! We have all been there with certain patients or cases. We want quick and miraculous results 100 percent of the time, yet it doesn't always work that way.
Spirits of the Points: Conception (Ren) Vessel
Points on the Conception (Ren) and Governor (Du) Vessels are some of the most powerful points on the whole of the body. These vessels are likened to vast reservoirs of energy.
Seasonal Allergies: Calming Down the Overreactive Immune System With TCM
An allergy is an overreaction to a particular foreign antigen, also called an allergen. Allergens including plant pollen, food, dust, dandruff, and some mold spores are non-pathogenic.
A Postoperative Story: The Surgery Explained & Secrets to My Recovery
If working with a joint replacement patient, be sure you know the rehabilitation protocols of the particular appliance. If you don't, with permission, consult with the surgeon to learn them. Otherwise, stay away.
A Structural Challenge: Successfully Treating a Morton's Neuroma
Runners, triathletes, dancers, hikers, cyclists, almost all athletes, and even couch potatoes have shown up in my office looking for alternatives to surgery for neuromas. A Morton's neuroma occurs when the tissue in the foot (next to a nerve that leads to a toe) thickens and becomes fibrous.
The Benefits of Teaching Touch
This month the MTF took a look at a massage research review titled "The Effect of Massage Therapy on Children's Learning Process: A Review," written by Majid Emtiazy and Mahboobeh Abrishamkar. The article was published in the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences.
Essential Steps to Healing: Access the Potential of Present-Time Grounding
When a patient comes through the door of my office, it's rare that I'll find them in perfect alignment; everyone is always working on something, even when it seems they are doing pretty well.
6 Tips for Filing an SBA Small-Business Relief Loan
Filing for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan can be daunting. The loan provides funding for 2.5 months of payroll, plus rent / mortgage and utilities, with eight weeks potentially forgivable.
Winter Nutrition: Help Patients Boost Immune Health & Keep the Body in Balance
As we progress through the winter season, it is extremely common to see patients asking about immune-system remedies for treating / avoiding seasonal issues such as cold and flu.
Student-Loan Debt: Recent AT Article Creates Misconceptions
Although ostensibly about "average student loan debt for graduates of AOM programs" in Oregon, the information does not directly reflect that, and effectively compares apples to oranges.
Motor Points in Facial Acupuncture
The use of motor points in the acupuncture treatment of musculoskeletal pain has become extremely popular in recent years.
Can't Get Pregnant? Here's How TCM Can Help
Women suffering from fallopian tube obstruction can increases their odds of becoming pregnant with acupuncture and herbs.