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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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
The Magic of Intentioned Touch and Blending
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
The power of intentioned touch and blending first came into my conscious awareness in 1954. I had just finished training as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Coast Guard and was assigned to a patrol ship in the Gulf of Mexico.My experience consisted of 16 weeks of training and a two-month internship at an outpatient clinic in New Orleans. There were no other medically trained personnel on board.
I was only there a couple days when the captain's steward sent word for me to see him. He was unable to walk due to a sudden pain in his calf. He was lying on deck grimacing, holding his leg and writhing about. I was trained in life-saving procedures I really had no idea what to do here. Six or seven crewmembers were watching and, I felt, judging my ability. The pressure was on. I could make it or break it right then.
I tried to look knowledgeable as I took his left calf between my hands. I could feel a lot of heat and muscle contraction, but I had no idea what the problem was or what I could do about it, so I made my hands as gentle as I could. Then I envisioned everything relaxing. I pictured the pain leaving and all the blood vessels and nerves normalizing.
Within two or three minutes the steward smiled, said he felt fine and thanked me. Then he stood up, tested his leg, continued to smile and walked away. The onlookers nodded their approval. From that time on they called me "Doc."
I learned right then that if you intend to help the healing process and blend with the bodily tissues you're touching, things will usually get better. By "blending," I mean consciously envisioning the boundaries between your hands and the patient's body dissolving until your hands seem like they enter the body.
To better imagine how this might work, consider what happens when you have two bars of soap, one blue and one pink. You place one atop the other, wet them and wait. The two bars of soap merge at their areas of contact. Eventually the colors blend into each other. You may even see a lavender color as the blue and pink mix.
Similarly, the energies of our bodies mix and integrate when we consciously intend it to happen. When the relatively normal energy of the therapist blends with the problem, it dilutes the problem energy and moves it toward normal. At the same time if the therapist allows the problem energy to enter his or her body, an awareness of the problem can be perceived by the therapist. Since the entry of the problem into the therapist's body is consciously allowed by the therapist, it can also be consciously removed by intention.
I'm sure my intention to help the steward was very powerful during that first experience, but I wasn't aware of blending at the time. Since then I've applied the blending concept on a conscious level. Subsequently, I've used intentioned touch with blending to alleviate a heart attack for an airline passenger, to reduce breast cancers in size, to reduce inflammations and so on.
I believe with all my heart that we are born with the innate ability to use intentioned touch and blending to help each other. At The Upledger Institute, we teach it in our CranioSacral Therapy workshops. It is my belief that humankind is poised and ready to reclaim the ability to facilitate the healing processes in each other. Many of us have been brainwashed into letting go of this innate ability. It is time to reverse the trend.
Author's Note: My mission is simply to restore the process of self-healing to its rightful place rather than depend on invasive procedures and to teach others to do it as well.
We need to connect with each individual's self-healing process and their inner wisdom about their self-healing. People say to me, "You're a healer." But I'm not a healer! I am a facilitator of one's healing process. I'm sensitive enough to know people are going to heal themselves, and I'm willing to help do it.
Ideally, we should all be able to help each other heal. I believe that everyone on the face of this planet has at least some ability to do that. If you believe you can, and you are willing to open your mind to it, you have unlimited ability to facilitate healing. You can do anything that you allow yourself to do.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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