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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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
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.)
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
The Power of Touch: Helping Vietnam Veterans
Promising Studies on Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
By Editorial Staff
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after exposure to any frightening or threatening event involving potential or actual physical harm.Symptoms of this often-debilitating condition include flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, irritability and sudden outbursts of anger.
Military troops, particularly those with combat experience, seem to be at high risk for PTSD. It's been estimated that nearly one million Vietnam veterans developed PTSD. Tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD receive treatment from the U.S. Veterans' Administration (VA) for PTSD. It's been estimated that nearly one million Vietnam veterans developed PTSD. Tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD receive treatment from the VA in the form of medication and/or talk therapy, but with limited results. Many others continue to live without treatment for their condition.
A program sponsored by the renowned Upledger Foundation in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, may provide a glimpse into the effective treatment of PTSD. The program's protocol, co-designed with the West Palm Beach Veterans' Administration medical center, sought to "present a statistically sound representation of how CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release help ease the often devastating symptoms of PTSD in Vietnam veterans."
The "Vietnam Veteran Intensive Treatment Program," as it was called, initially involved 24 veterans recruited for 10-day intensive programs; 22 patients completed the program. Diagnostic and assessment tests, administered on the first and last day of the program, served to confirm prior diagnosis of PTSD and to assess the extent of changes following treatment.
Craniosacral system evaluations at pre and post-treatment were used to assess physical improvement in each patient. Changes in psychological distress were quantified using 13 symptom variables:
CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release followed established Upledger principles. CranioSacral Therapy involved using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams-about the weight of a nickel-to test and release restrictions in the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord) to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
SomatoEmotional Release, an expansion on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy, involved the integration of manual techniques with verbal processing skills and other creative methods. The goal was to help the vets physically identify and expel energy cysts (the imprint in the body of physical forces from accidents, injury and emotional shock) and resolve negative emotional experiences.
Results (see graphs) provide evidence of dramatic improvements with respect to all 13 variables following treatment:
Overall, statistically significant improvements were noted in all of the variables, suggesting that results were a direct consequence of the treatments delivered. One of the most impressive findings demonstrated a shift in subjects' attitudes from hopelessness to optimism. Further reports will analyze 30 and 60-day and six-month post-treatment scores.
Commenting on the results, program founder Dr. John Upledger said: "We ease the vets into positions that help bring back experiences that have been buried. Once the patient begins to get symbolic images, we can use dialogue to slowly convert the image into something like the exact experience." According to Dr. Upledger, once the patient relives a buried experience under these therapeutic circumstances, it's often released from the tissues - and gone for good.
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