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Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
Anatomy has an age-old relationship with medicine and its origins. This association goes back at least three millennia. The word "anatomy" is derived from the Greek "ana," which means "part," and "tome," which means "a cutting." So, anatomy really refers to cutting apart or to dissecting.
The availability of and attitude toward dissecting human cadavers has varied greatly over the past three thousand years.At times, we had to dissect animals and infer from those studies what human structure must be like. At other times, we had the opportunity to dissect great numbers of human bodies and speculate as to the function of the parts we observed.
Arguably the first great anatomist/physician was Galen. His dissections led him to speculate about the function of the human body. Some of his speculations were accurate; most were not. Galen's influence over the science of anatomy lasted over 1,000 years. It was not until after the dark ages that some early anatomists challenged Galen's speculations.
Three thousand years later, we still observe a close relationship between anatomy and medicine. We also have had an ever-increasing number of professions that demand a study of the anatomy. This demand is related to the fact that the study of anatomy is fundamental to any profession that purports to fix broken anatomy; adjust "wounded "anatomy, assist dysfunctional anatomy; or relax stressed anatomy. Massage therapists and body workers may fit into all or certainly some of these professional groups. How do we study anatomy? The answer to this question is as varied as the professions, which work with the human body.
In my view, the single best way to learn human anatomy is to systematically take apart a body. This is a long and arduous process, but one that is as rewarding and awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, few professions have the opportunity or privilege to dissect a human cadaver. This has led to all sorts of scenarios in which teachers and students attempt to learn the structure of the human body.
With the exception of computer-aided instruction, all of the above methods in some form have been used for the last several thousand years. The dissection of a human body is far and away the best. Unfortunately, it is not feasible or even possible in many instances.
I am biased in that I am an anatomist. I love my science. I am fascinated by it. I am in awe of the human body. After having taught medical gross anatomy for about 15 years, I started studying bodywork and massage. Sitting through the practical clinical portions of many courses, I was struck that I could absorb the material at lightning speed, I had already had the experience of guiding others through hundreds of human bodies. My classmates were envious; I helped them when I could, but many times my references falsely assumed that they to had dissected. My efforts were compromised.
I recall a few years back, I heard a massage therapist say that she had the opportunity to visit a cadaver lab. She found the atmosphere depressing, the bodies smelly and grotesque, and the experience was of no value to her chosen profession. I do not understand. Every time I visit the human body, inside or out, I am in awe. The human body is a beautiful thing.
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