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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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."
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Beginnings and Visions
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Beginnings are both challenges and opportunities, whether the beginning of a new massage practice or a new column about massage. Beginnings prompt us to review where we have been and to extend ourselves in new directions.As this column begins, I invite you to participate in the journey with me and, by your feedback, to influence its course.
What I bring to this column is my personal Ramblemuse soup of background and perspectives. During the past eight years, I have been teaching sports and deep tissue massage, and further exploring nuances of orthopedic techniques. My interest in these particular venues of massage stems in part from my own varied movement experiences as a dancer, runner, ice-skater, and student of martial arts, and in part from a desire to know how to relieve pain and improve other's abilities to move effectively. Interwoven with these experiences is my background as a physicist and researcher. During the same eight years, I have also been constantly active in internet-based discussions on massage education and governance. Coupled with some earlier background in Ericksonian hypnosis and the use of metaphor, these discussions have propelled me into learning about the educational psychology of multiple intelligences and diversity in learning styles. As this column progresses, I will be drawing topics from these backgrounds of technique, movement, and educational psychology. To begin, however, I want to consider some very basic concepts of human interaction nonverbal communication and congruence.
What we accomplish with our massage clients is often done as much from our effects on the mind and nervous system as from our direct effects on tissue. We are not just technicians of touch, but also communicators. By our activities, we are acting to integrate healthy touch back into a culture that has become blatantly afraid of touch and the interpersonal intimacy and connection it brings. When we enter into the practice of massage, we consciously or unconsciously, willingly or unwillingly, take on the mantle of kinesthetic role models for our clients and acquaintances. We often will convey more to them via our body language, tone of voice, and overall attitudes toward touch and the human body than we will by our words and printed forms. It is for these reasons that we must face and know intimately the names of our own dragons if we are to achieve the greatest benefit for our clients.
These unconscious dragons often begin to surface as beginning massage students face a quality and quantity of touch for which, in some cases, they were little prepared. For most, this creates of state of growth and transformation that is life-affirming. For some, however, the classroom issues of emotional projection and transference originating from prior negative experiences and unresolved traumas can become a block to effective learning and practice. In these cases, there are issues that must be dealt with in therapy beyond the boundaries of the massage class.
Our beliefs, internal dialogs and mental visualizations have great impact on what we continually project and communicate via our nonverbal responses of gesture, posture, tempo of movement and tone of voice. When our conscious and unconscious beliefs are in accord, our verbal and nonverbal messages will be congruent. Our clients cannot help but perceive this. When we act with internal conflict or with our awareness unfocused, our clients will tend to believe our bodies rather than our words. In martial arts, we are trained to change our state of awareness as we enter and leave the place of practice. Part of this is a discipline for showing respect and appreciation for the place, participants, and tradition. Another element, however, is in developing the habit of leaving our personal issues off the mat along with our shoes. I encourage my massage students and myself to remember to leave our unresolved emotions at the door as we prepare to begin a massage. Unlike baggage at an airport, they will still be there for us to reclaim (should we still need them) on our way out.
A couple of years ago, Public Radio International used the following story as part of their promotion on a new program on world events (www.theworld.org):
One of my visions for massage is that, through the exercise of meaningful touch, we can help to make the world come right. As we help people to reintegrate their body, mind and spirit, we also facilitate them in acting with greater compassion and awareness. Although each contribution may be small, the totality of all the contributions can be great. One of the things that this presupposes is that, upon entering massage, we each must commit ourselves to a life-path of learning and self-congruity. In order to become kinesthetic role models for our clients, we each must seek to heal and reintegrate within ourselves. This reintegration cannot be measured in classroom hours, but only in moments of connection and awareness.
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