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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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