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Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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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