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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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