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The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
An Eclectic and Integrative Approach to Treatment
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
All too often, we therapists become "specialized," excluding approaches we may not consider our favorite or easiest routes. I believe there should be no boundaries between disciplines when it comes to patient care.Different modalities can and should be integrated whenever appropriate to the therapeutic process.
Case in point: a 43-year-old woman who had suffered four "D & Cs" before delivering her only child, and a tubal ligation shortly afterward. Aside from the usual childhood diseases, there appeared to be no significant medical or surgical history other than the problems that brought her to see me.
Her chief complaint: abdominal bloating and pain that began at about age 10. The bloating was generalized and the pain was localized in the epigastrium and upper right abdominal quadrant. She also had suffered frequent bouts of constipation since her teens, during which she bore significant pain in the ileocecal region, the low back and the large bowel. More recently, she had neck and back pain, and it was difficult to focus her thoughts. She also had near-constant tinnitus and episodes of debilitating fatigue presenting with growing frequency.
Previous treatments had produced short-lived relief, but none offered remission of symptoms. Her programs at various times included conventional medicine; massage; chiropractic; therapeutic yoga; colonic irrigation; nutritional therapy; elimination diets; and herbal therapy.
My evaluation revealed a low-amplitude craniosacral rhythm, which indicated restrictions around the brain and spinal cord. Conduction of dural tube motion was partially impaired from the upper thorax through the sacrum, with restrictions focused at T2-3-4, T11-12, L1-2 and L4-5-S1. There was also restriction of both temporal bones and a very tight intracranial membrane system in all directions.
In addition to all this, her hard palate was locked in internal rotation, her frontal bone was compressed, and she was suffering from occipital cranial base compression with atlanto-condylar compression, multiple tooth dysfunctions, and spinal motion restrictions at the atlanto-occipital region, left sacroiliac and C1, C2, T3, T4, T11, T12, L1, L4, L5 and S1. She was also restricted in the thoracic cage and the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms, and had marked tenderness in the area of the solar plexus and abdomen deep into the umbilicus.
It was clear to me that a single approach or even one method a time was not going to help in such a multilayered case. My treatments included a combination of therapies: CranioSacral Therapy coupled with acupuncture to regain energy flow and release the obvious restrictions; visceral manipulation to release abdominal tension patterns from the internal organs; and spinal manipulation combined with myofascial release, costal manipulation and pelvic balancing to correct the peripheral structural problems.
Concurrently, I repeatedly mobilized the dural tube to encourage defacilitation of hypersensitive spinal cord segments. I did some mouth and tooth work, since childhood dental trauma was found to be a major contributing factor. SomatoEmotional Release also revealed some issues with the patient's father, involving the lack of self-esteem development when she was a child.
After about 20 sessions, the problems began dropping away as her body accepted the work and trusted that whatever was needed would be provided. Now almost all of her symptoms are gone. A combination of treatment modalities helped this patient accomplish body-mind integration, and successfully assisted in her self-healing. This was truly a case in which the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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