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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Healing From the Core: A New Paradigm, Part II
By Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD
Editor's note: Part I of this article appeared in the September 2004 issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/09/20.html).
Consider the esophagus.From the mouth to the anus, the human body is one long tube. That tube, the esophagus, is fascially suspended from the sphenobasilar junction of the cranium, which is directly behind the eyes. Hence, tension anywhere in the gut tube may be expressed by the esophagus pulling the head down upon the neck. Obviously, this can affect the craniosacral system's efficiency in circulating cerebrospinal fluid throughout the central nervous system.2
Less appreciated, too, is the anatomical fact that the esophagus is cradled behind the heart in front of the spine. When the esophagus shortens its resting length in response to highly emotional stresses or in response to whiplash-like biomechanical insults, the resulting contracture requires more effort from the heart.
In my clinical experience, the three most important intrinsic muscles are the esophagus, diaphragm and iliopsoas. This triad represents soft-tissue linking pins from the lower extremities through the trunk to the cranium. Thus, tensions overflowing from the viscera into these intrinsic muscles may exert an increasing amount of pull on the axial skeleton, activating and/or perpetuating the influence of the righting reflexes set in motion from traumatic incidents, winding the spring even more tightly. This entire process is layered and insidiously subtle for many.
The body endeavors to physiologically allocate its resources and to distribute the biomechanical strains until the "tipping point" of negative momentum is reached and an episode of dysfunction/pain or illness occurs, which allows the body to reset the resting length of these core muscles.
John-Pierre Barral, DO, developer of Visceral Manipulation, often referred to the diaphragm and iliopsoas as the body's "garbage muscles."3 It took a few years of study with him before I understood what he meant. In sum, the body builds charge in the form of tension, which eventually must be discharged. This notion was helpful in understanding how and why the body uses musculoskeletal episodes of pain and dysfunction to discharge this accretion of tension.
What this paradigm offers is this: There seems to be a logical order to this discharge process - one that offers each of us as massage therapists greater clarity of intention to our quality of touch. With your next client, allow your hands to relate to the basic physiological processes of the body. Seek to enhance your client's central circulation. Where do you sense the "kink" in the hose? Work from the inside-out.
The key question for us to consider is how one activates the homeostatic capacities inherent in the human body. The answer is to enhance the circulation of bodily fluids in all its forms. Consider these four aspects: how fluid is pumped; where its flow is resisted in the tissues; how it is filtered; and how it is re-constituted and/or excreted. The name of the healing game revolves around the central theme of "who gets the blood."
Many extraordinary teachers have influenced the evolution of the inside-out, including Lansing Barrett Gresham; Dr. John Upledger; Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral; Dr. Richard MacDonald; Frank Lowen, LMT; Jon Zahourek; Bill Williams, PhD; and Ellen Gregory, PhD. Read their works for more information.
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