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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Quantum Physics and CranioSacral Therapy
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Quantum physics and CranioSacral Therapy (CST) might appear to be strange bedfellows. My experiences, however, strongly suggest they're mutually attractive. I've found that when I take some of the "rules" of quantum physics into my intentions while using CST, seemingly impossible things happen.
I was inspired to begin studying quantum physics in the late 1970s, when my research partner at Michigan State University, Zvi Karni, introduced me to the work of Erwin Schroedinger, a Nobel Laureate in physics. Dr. Karni has a PhD in biophysics and a DSc in bioengineering. On loan to the MSU department of biomechanics, for years he gave me near-weekly assignments in quantum and biological physics. We were both expanding and integrating our views.
Dr. Karni and I worked hand-in-hand and brain-to-brain like this for about five years, until he was called back to Israel to resume his position as chairman of biophysics and bioengineering at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The year after he left MSU, he arranged for me to become a visiting professor at Technion so we could tie up some loose ends.
The books Dr. Karni assigned to me then were What Is Life, Mind and Matter and Science and Humanism. They were all written by Schroedinger to integrate physics with biology. While I also studied many other books on the subjects, Schroedinger and Dr. Karni certainly integrated the two sciences for me. It was only natural to begin familiarizing myself with quantum physics, which I also integrated with CranioSacral Therapy.
Before we get into any of the complexities of blending quantum physics with hands-on healing CST-style, we must understand what "quantum" means regarding physics. A quantum is a definite amount of energy. One photon - considered to be the smallest parcel of energy - is a quantum of light energy, equivalent to one quantum of electromagnetic energy.
The overall concept is that energy is transferred from one place to another in parcels, or quanta. However, professional opinions on this vary. I can't predict how long it will be before the experts agree, so I've tried to make these statements in a way that would stimulate the fewest arguments.
Practical Uses of Quantum Physics Concepts in CranioSacral Therapy
Adding a few new intentions to your hands-on work is quite simple. All you need to do is incorporate a few principles of quantum physics.
First, we direct our energy into hard, stiff or restricted areas of the client's body. Consider this restricted area consists of a mass of atoms. There is enough atomic and subatomic particle movement going on to allow the involved tissues to be alive, but the tissues still are restricted in mobility, to the extent that their normal function is compromised. These restricted tissues are adhesions, fibroses and the like.
Motion Is health. Need I Say More?
Now, I'd like to tack on one more observation. Erwin Schroedinger came up with the concept of entropy. He said there is an energy (entropy) constantly at work creating disorder in orderly systems, especially in living organisms. The effects of entropy would be aging and dysfunction or disease. Schroedinger named the counterbalance to entropic disorganization "information." (This later became known as "syntropy.") His idea was that a person's level of health correlated to the balance between entropy and information.
In any case, when you send organizing energy into a client, heat often radiates from his or her body. Schroedinger believed this heat radiation was a release of entropy (entropic energy) that was therapeutic, because it threw the balance in favor of syntropy. So, on the whole, the client would have more constructive and less destructive energy in his or her body.
I'm sure you've experienced plenty of heating in your hands-on career. If you intend the energy to go through your hand into the client as syntropic energy, you might get better results even more quickly.
Try adding these approaches and intentions to your armamentarium. As long as your head is in a good place at the time you set your intentions, there are no known unwelcome side-effects.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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