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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Techniques to Help Your Pediatric Clients
By Beth-ellen Zang, LMT, AHE, CNC
Used properly, cups can facilitate the body's ability to stay healthy and return itself to a balanced state when things do go awry. In working with infants, toddlers and weak or frail children, it's important to use the small face cups.After two years of age, you can begin using the larger, stronger vacuum cups carefully. Cupping addresses issues like colic, mastoiditis and ear infections, teething, asthma and lung conditions, magnets for bumps bruises and pain, easing soft tissue through growth spurts, muscle spasms (charley horse), scoliosis, indigestion, headache, fevers, sprains, swellings, nervous system sedation, excess excitation like crying and irritability, trouble falling asleep, ADHD and so much more.
First of all, no matter what issue is being presented, the first thing to do is evaluate the situation.
Less is better when treating anyone young or old. Be careful not to over treat. If an infant is having problems with colic, slow and gentle cupping techniques could help calm the nerves and help to draw fluid into the digestive system. Many infants have trouble calming down and cry for hours. Cups can facilitate the calming of the nervous system and help them relax.
In the case of ear infections and mastoiditis, teething and other head related issues, keeping the lymph flowing and muscle tissue soft can help relieve related pain and distress. With lymph flowing and a relaxed system, the body can concentrate on correcting itself and often the problem does not exacerbate or can run its course quickly.
Small cups with magnets attached can help relieve pain from bumps and bruises. They may help keep blood and lymph flowing so the area can heal more quickly.
During growth spurts, children often experience muscle spasms. Using specific techniques with the cups to sedate the central nervous system, softening the muscle tissue can help alleviate a lot of suffering for some children.
Lung issues can be greatly helped either by stimulating stagnancy or clearing congestion, helping to drain excess liquid from lungs or draw water towards them. It is very important to evaluate and apply appropriately.
Using cups to sedate the central nervous system can be invaluable if you have a child with ADD or ADHD.
Keeping the fluids in balance, the central nervous system calm and muscle tissues relaxed assists in the continued health of the body and contributes to the correction of body distress when it is out of balance.
I first started using the cups with my grandchildren. My grandson had pneumonia. I arrived at their house and he was extremely uncomfortable and could not breathe without pain. I spent about half an hour gently treating his whole body to relax him and then concentrating on his lung area as he relaxed more. He got up feeling great and breathing without any problems whatsoever. He continued to feel better and never relapsed. He went back to school two days later with a clean bill of health from his doctor.
Recently, an injured two-year old was brought into my office. She had had a pretty terrible fall on her face and had whiplash. She had a constant headache and backache. It took about fifteen minutes of gentle cupping technique mostly on the spine area, neck and some on her face around the nasal bones and mandible areas. One session had her back to her old self again.
Beth-ellen Zang is the Founding Director of Sedona College of Natural Health. She has had a private medical massage practice and has been a Lifestyle Awareness Facilitator since 1979. In 2005, she was certified as an Ayurvedic Health educator and is still studying Ayurveda with the Kerela Academy. Beth-ellen is a Certified Nutrtitional Consultant and has been a Certified ACE Massage Cupping Educator since 2006.
She can be reached at
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