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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Healing From the Core: A New Paradigm, Part I
By Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD
Since ancient times, we have endeavored to describe the essential elements of how the body and psyche dance together in the healing process. Inherent in my life's purpose is the desire to contribute to this momentum and to ideas that illuminate the many dimensions of healing.Sometimes ideas come together into simple, obvious paradigms that have not been clearly defined. In this spirit, I invite you to consider a new paradigm that reflects my learning over the past 23 years.
Conceive of working with the body from the "inside-out." Imagine a quality of touch that accesses the body's core and assists the discharge of its tensions more effectively. Consider an approach that helps to unravel the body's sophisticated capacity for distributing strain, thus bringing to the surface physiological problems that have been degrading your clients' quality of life for years. Appreciate your sense of satisfaction when clients, whom you have sensed needed additional medical intervention, actually receive this care. Feel confidence in your competence when clients make steady progress in healing from chronic problems. This article serves as an introduction to this "inside-out" paradigm. The short form has four basic tenets:
When a client comes to your office with an acute or chronic muscle spasm, or other problem without evidence of recent injury or illness, the sequence described above has predated its occurrence. Thus, when our attention is focused principally on the extrinsic musculature, we are only working with the tip of the iceberg.
All touch techniques assist the body to "feel" itself, enhancing the feedback loops, which stimulate the body's self-corrective capacities; however, I propose that the models that govern most technique applications are incomplete.
The premise of this new paradigm, which advocates working from the "inside-out" postulates that "healing from the core" involves enhancing the suspension and function of the visceral organs. Their improved efficiency represents the "tipping point" in building momentum toward healing. Without the appropriate absorption of nutrients, oxygen and the timely elimination of wastes, one cannot help but lose ground in the face of traumatic incidents, immunological challenges or the grinding effects of daily stress.
The visceral organs are central to our ability to survive as infants. They are composed of smooth muscle, the first kid on the neocortical block, since the job of a baby is to ingest, digest and excrete during the phenomenal growth of infancy. The functioning of visceral organs is key to an infant's capacity to thrive. Infants have no psychological sense of separation between self and other. They are physically dependent and vulnerable, yet they experience everything around them as an extension of themselves.
Consider how an infant reacts to family tension and conflict. It becomes upset, its body contracts and writhes, it cries and screams. What is happening to the visceral tissues? They are contracting -- it is the smooth muscles that initiate those movements. This does not suggest that the baby's extrinsic musculature has no tone or function; rather, the visceral smooth muscle is predominant.
In my opinion, this is what has been overlooked in our focus on the musculoskeletal system and on structural models that view the human body from the "outside-in," rather than developmentally from the "inside-out." Contracting visceral smooth muscle predisposes the eventual capacity for gross-motor movement.1 It is a simple idea with many implications related to human development.
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