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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.
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.
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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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